Idiots’ Idioms XII: Numbers

At the eleventh hour, the submerged tenth were dressed up to the nines, well on their way to being one over the eight – in seventh heaven, no less. But suddenly they were hit for six by the fifth column, while the fourth estate gave them the third degree. No doubt, they came off second best, sent back to square one: their number up.

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David Charles is co-writer of BBC radio sitcom Foiled. He also writes for The Bike Project, Thighs of Steel, and the Elevate Festival. He blogs at

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