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Rebus Redux

Rebus brain teasers use words or letters in interesting orientations to represent common phrases.


Puzzle ID:#48527
Fun:*** (2.43)
Difficulty:*** (2.21)
Submitted By:BadBunnee02*th***
Corrected By:BadBunnee02




The below is progressive, top to bottom and left to right.

What's the rebus?

we ourselves
w ourseelves
ourselvews e
ourselves we


Answer: we got ahead of ourselves. The two letters in the word "we"; "w" and "e", advanced to the right toward the head of the word "ourselves", therefore got "ahead" of "ourselves".

"We got ahead of ourselves" is an expression, commonly used, to convey that a discussion or activity had advanced beyond a reasonable limit of control, management, logic, or other necessary supporting resources.

And, sorry, but it isn't "we are beside ourselves" because the rebus body BEGINS with that and progresses AWAY from that before it, again, resuming the progression to end up BESIDE "ourselves" again. So, if one takes that logic-trail toward the answer you would end up with "we are beside ourselves twice" which, to my knowledge anyway, is not only not a common expression, but is hardly a sensible one at all.

Here's an example (in active, first person, voice and tense):

"Hey, folks, we are making a mistake in trying to design the rebus before we even understand a rebus and if we get ahead of ourselves then surely we will "trip up"* on it and "crash and burn"*."

*I am continuing, here, my custom of identifying idioms, colloquialisms, slang, and other such in my writing so we can all learn to identify these aberrant usages, maybe construct rebuses from them, and then have fun and learn with them. You are welcome to use these two if you wish. PM me for help if you need it.


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