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Write the present-day meaning of the expression and explain its origin.

1. an Achille's heel

2. The Midas touch

3. a chimerical scheme

4. to open a Pandora's box

5. an apple of discord

6. to work like a trojan

7. beware of Greeks bearing gifts

8. a lotus-eater

9. hydra-headed evils

10. difficult as the judgement of Paris

11. between Scylla and Charybdis

12. an Icarian adventure

13. an Augean tusk

14. the thread of Ariadne

15. to be unable to bend Ulysses's bow

16. the face that launched a thousand ships.

Update:

gosh you dont have to be so mean.

im not lazy im looking for them.. i just cant find most of them.

Update 2:

dont answer if your gonna be all mean.

Update 3:

this isnt even homework.

my god you guys are mean.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    1. an Achille's heel

    A weakness

    2. The Midas touch

    gold 2 the touch, lucky man that whatever he touches is gold/thrives/prospers.

    3. a chimerical scheme is that as in Chimera the beast.

    Head of a lion, body of a goat, tail of a dragon & a deathly piece of work.

    4. to open a Pandora's box

    2 let a series of events occur knowing the results could B Bad, V bad or worse.

    5. an apple of discord

    sticks in UR throat.

    6. to work like a Trojan

    Renowned hard workers, fair days wage 4 a fair days work

    7. beware of Greeks bearing gifts

    Brought the Trojan Horse as a gift 2 the castle, was let in & was filled with soldiers ready 2 attack.

    Flattery won that time & a king that couldn't turn the Magnificent horse down.

    8. a lotus-eater

    Don't they eat their Mate?

    9. hydra-headed evils

    Hydra was a nasty many headed dog of Greek Mythology.

    10. difficult as the judgement of Paris

    Paris was in love with Helen of Troy & in love with himself!

    11. between Scylla and Charybdis

    Sorry don't know.

    12. an Icarian adventure

    He made wings 2 fly 2 the Sun, but the wings melted. Pride & a fall, I think is the Moral of this 1.

    13. an Augean tusk

    Don't know, sorry.

    14. the thread of Ariadne

    Gave a thread 2 lead ? from the maze, he was pursued by the Bull. I think?

    15. to be unable to bend Ulysses's bow

    Not a clue, sorry.

    16. the face that launched a thousand ships.

    That was Helen of Troy.

    Phew!

    Source(s): My head & years of learning.
  • 1 decade ago

    Use http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page to look them up - most of them will be there.

    They all come from mythology and ancient history.

    Don't put the whole phrase in - use the name...."Ariadne" or "Augean" will be enough to get you to a topic that will help you understand where the phrases came from.

    Then re-post any you are really having trouble with. Most should be fairly easy to find. Good luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    1. a pierced heel (achilles was killed by being shot in the heel)

    2. turned everything to gold

    4. to causes cmplete disaster

    6. slyly...they entered with a gift so basically using someone for presents

    15. very strong...

    16. helen of troy

    sorry but these are the only ones i ko of

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'll give ya a hint . Check greek mythology,but number 16 is Helen of Troy

    Source(s): my brain
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  • 1 decade ago

    Most of these are easy mythologies. I would bullshit and then reference a real-event to corroborate the explanation. Come on, this is probably extra credit or AP anyways...!!

  • Jenny
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Just say which ones you can't find, honestly, I do know most of them but the general public is way too lazy to do that much of SOMEONE ELSE's homework. Try re-asking with just the ones you can't find.

  • 1 decade ago

    I am so sorry. I don't have the answer for you. I do not even know where to look. I hope that you find them. I would look into google.

  • 1 decade ago

    1. a weak point

    2. turning something into a valuable item(?)

    3.

    4. to create unneccarsy problems

    5. something that makes people argue

    6. to pretend to be nice, while you are actually harming someone

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They all mean:

    You got a lot of nerve asking people to do your homework for you for a measly, useless 10 POINTS!

  • 1 decade ago

    Sorry, do your own homework. It will be better for you in the long run regardless of the results on this one!

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