Common phrases that sound terrifying when taken literally

Some of these will make your skin crawl!

Stars Insider

09/12/23 | StarsInsider


Every day we use phrases and idioms that don't have a literal meaning. But what if they did? What if "picking one's brain" actually meant picking someone's brain with a toothpick? Or if "giving someone a hand" meant chopping off and handing over your hand? In this gallery, we look at common phrases that sound absolutely terrifying when taken literally. You could even say we're opening a can of worms...

Click through and check out how terrifying these everyday phrases sound when taken literally.

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