Fun With English

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Coming Down The Pike

Today’s phrase is the English expression coming down the pike.

Explanation:  The phrase coming down the pike means something that appears or comes forward.

Example: Jeff took careful note of everyone’s ideas, but refused to make a decision on what kind of cake to order. He said “I have to wait and see if any other ideas come down the pike before I can decide what to pick”.

Origin: Pike is short for turnpike here, which is a toll booth or a toll highway.  So – in this case, coming down the pike can mean the same as “down the road” – basically, things that might occur in the future.

There seems to be much confusion as to whether you can use “coming down the pike” and “coming down the pipe”. I’ve heard both used interchangeably.

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