I suppose it was at least two years ago when I attended a workshop about words. My favorite part of the discussion involved the noun-as-verb technique. Our instructor challenged us to make a list of nouns that when used as verbs would create a strong image.
Brains: The robber aims the gun, squeezes the trigger, and brains the cashier.
Flip-flop: Still in her beach shoes, Ellie flip-flopped over the marble floor.
Elbows: Late for his appointment, he elbows his way through the crowd.
Eyes: She eyes her blind date’s unusual attire.
Make a list of your own. Remember to aim for a strong image. Many nouns used as verbs tend to be weak and overused. I should know; I’ve committed the sin many times.
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