Each observer seems to have been annoyed by a different Strauss-Kahn turn of phrase in the 24-minute interview.
The phrase means, “the nail that sticks out always gets hit by a hammer.”
The Daily Beast has removed the paragraph and attributed the phrase, and regrets the error.
Have you ever noticed how a certain kind of conservative uses the phrase, "the culture"?
Forget that he had used the phrase previously on air to describe a white player.
It is strange how a phrase remains when a memory has been conquered.
This was her phrase for having entered on the dominions of England.
There were no lights in it; no "reflets," to use the French phrase.
Having grasped a principle, we phrase it in the language of our time.
She had taken to me, as the phrase goes, from the very first.
1520s, "manner or style of expression," also "group of words with some unity," from Late Latin phrasis "diction," from Greek phrasis "speech, way of speaking, enunciation, phraseology," from phrazein "to express, tell," from phrazesthai "to consider," from PIE *gwhren- "to think" (see frenetic). The musical sense of "short passage" is from 1789.
"to put into a phrase," 1560s; see phrase (n.). Related: Phrased; phrasing.