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Actually the title is completely misleading because this has nothing to do with knitting. Here is the actual puzzle.


Pull one.

Cost two.

Get off one.

Off the top of one.

Keep one up.

Bite one.

Drag two.

Cross two.


Note I shall add some easier ones as time goes by unless someone gets it first.


Question

(a) What sort of thing are these "ones" and "twos"? ---- ----- (4, 5)

and

(b) What common linguistic phenomenon are they part of? ------ (5)

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These are all

body parts

and they are all

part of common idioms.


Pull one.

"pull my finger" (or "pulling my leg"?)

Cost two.

"cost an arm and a leg"

Get off one.

"get off my rear"?

Off the top of one.

"off the top of my head"

Keep one up.

"keep your chin up"

Bite one.

"bite my ass"

Drag two.

"drag one's feet" and "drag one's heels"?

Cross two.

"cross my heart" and "cross my fingers"

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  • $\begingroup$ Sniped! Well played. Although not all the same as the ones I thought up - there are quite a lot of answers which fit these... $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jul 23 at 21:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if there were a lot more that could fit. I'd bet some of these could go up to at least four. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jul 23 at 21:24
  • $\begingroup$ Indeed. You can also have rot13(chyy grrgu, ovgr lbhe yvc/gbathr, pebff yrtf/nezf/rlrf...) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jul 23 at 21:25
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, you have the correct terms (a) and (b). As you say, there are multiple possibilities for some of the ones I chose and many more I didn't choose. $\endgroup$ – chasly - reinstate Monica Jul 23 at 21:28

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