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Not flying at warp speed:  Warp speed is the method that ships in Star Trek use to travel faster than light speed.  To “not fly at warp speed” means that someone is not doing something as quickly as they could.

As many friends as there are on Facebook:  People have dozens if not hundreds or thousands of friends on Facebook.  This idiom indicates an unimaginably large number, akin to “as many stars as there in the sky” or “as many grains of sands as there in a desert”.

It’s all Klingon to me:  Klingon is a language from Star Trek which most characters cannot understand without the aid of a translator.  If something is “all Klingon to me” it means that someone cannot understand something, a modern day update on “it’s all Greek to me”

A few elements shy of the Periodic Table:  There are currently 118 known elements on the Periodic Table.  Someone who is “A few elements shy of the Periodic Table” is someone who is not completely sane, akin to “Not the full ticket” or “A few sandwiches shy of a picnic”.

A few neutrons shy of a stable element: An element requires a set ratio of protons to neutrons in order to be stable; too many or too few neutrons lead to an unstable nucleus of a given element.  Someone who is “A few neutrons shy of a stable element” is someone who is not completely sane, akin to “Not the full ticket” or “A few sandwiches shy of a picnic”.

A few cents shy of a Euro: The single European currency is the Euro, which is made up of one hundred cents.  Someone who is “A few cents shy of a Euro” is someone who is not completely sane, akin to “Not the full ticket” or “A few sandwiches shy of a picnic”.

I don’t have two bronze knuts to rub together: The bronze knut is the smallest value coin in J K Rowling’s world of Harry Potter.  Someone who “doesn’t have two bronze knuts to rub together” is short of cash.

Poorer than a Weasley: The Weasley family are the cash-strapped family in J K Rowling’s world of Harry Potter.  Someone is “Poorer than a Weasley” is short of cash.

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So, my challenge is to come up with your own idiom, then list it and its meaning.


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