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Zero tolerance
 
Meaning: A form of policing that allows no crime to be overlooked.
Example: The police cordoned off the downtown area after the concert as they had adopted a zero tolerance approach towards some of the unruly crowd members.
Origin: This phrase came into use in the USA in the 1980's. Since then it has been used in other countries.

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Zigged when he should have zagged
 
Meaning: To turn the wrong way; turning in the wrong direction when running a prescribed route.
Example: If you've found joe-ks.com by zigging instead of zagging, hope you've enjoyed the site!
Origin: "Catch 22" (published in 1961) - military airplane accident: they flew in a structure and one crashed when he zigged when he should have zagged - thanks to Sarit Segal.

Alternative: Refer to the last four lines of Act I, Scene 2 of "The Desert Song", a hugely popular musical from 1926. Susan : Bennie, why didn't you zigzag and avoid the bullets? Benjamin: I did zigzag - Susan : Then how were you shot? Benjamin: I must have zigged when I should have zagged! - thanks to Chip Buckner



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