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Contradictory Collocations

Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.

 

Puzzle ID:#49536
Fun:*** (2.17)
Difficulty:** (1.69)
Category:Language
Submitted By:ThinksForFun*

 

 

 



Collocations are words that regularly occur together in usage. For example: "crumbling infrastructure" or "sibling rivalry". Below are four collocations, pairs of words, that from a certain point of view, may seem incompatible. That is to say, the two words that make up each pair may seem to have contradictory characteristics when seen from a certain perspective. For example: "jumbo shrimp" - If "shrimp" means "a small person", then how can they be described as "jumbo" (big)?!

Fill in the missing letters to complete each collocation. If you get stuck, the hint provides a clue for each word pair.


1) c_i_ken _in_ers
2) li_ui_ _a_er
3) _ost sa_i_gs
4) _raw _in_er



Answer

1) chicken fingers (Chickens don't have fingers.)
2) liquid paper (Paper is a solid.)
3) cost savings (A cost is something one must pay, therefore it cannot save one money.)
4) draw winner (If it is a draw (a tie), then how can there be a winner?!)

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Comments

JQPublic*
Jul 16, 2012

Nice teaser!
Marpleen*
Jul 18, 2012

Very good!



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