Not long ago, I volunteered to help a worthy cause as a consultant, pro bono. But the experience proved disappointing and frustrating. The panjandrums ignored or rejected my advice. Relating the sad tale to my friend, I griped: "They're turning me away even though I'm offering them gold on a silver platter!"
""Get Out of Your Cave And Smell The Coffee!" Many More Mixed Metaphors and Malaphors,"
Word Ways: Vol. 45
, Article 17.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol45/iss4/17