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akira_s
Sting in the tail I came to know the phrase "sting in the tail". I suppose it means that ending of the story is surprising. Is this phrase a compliment to a good plot ? The ending of Murder on the Orient Express is "sting in the tail" ?
Oct 26, 2017 1:55 AM
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I agree with John, it's not a common phrase. My understanding is that it is more unpleasant than surprising - I wouldn't use it for a pleasant surprise.
October 26, 2017
I have never heard the expression before. Your guess that it means a surprise ending seems like a reasonable guess.
October 26, 2017
akira_s
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, Japanese
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin), English