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    Lena
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    Kaiser Chiefs

    I’ve got a couple of questions about a song. Here is a link to it and the lyrics.

    Kaiser Chiefs - Oh My God - YouTube

    Time on your side that will never end
    The most beautiful thing you can ever spend
    But you work in a shirt with your nametag on it
    Drifting apart like a plate tectonic

    It don't matter to me
    It's all I wanted to be
    It's a million miles from here
    Somewhere more familiar

    Too much time spent dragging the past up
    I didn't see you not looking when I messed up
    Settling down in your early twenties
    Sucked more blood than a backstreet dentist

    It don't matter to me
    It's all I wanted to be
    It's a million miles from here
    Somewhere more familiar

    Oh my God, I can't believe it
    I've never been this far away from home

    Great rulers make for greater glory
    The only thing growing is on this story
    Knock me down I'll get right back up again
    It comes back stronger than a powered up Pac-Man

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    I’m wondering if the words "drifting apart like a plate tectonic" are idiomatic or not.

    And one question more. How could you comment on the word order "plate tectonic". A noun is known to be generally modified by attributes in pre-position while a postpositive attribute is mostly expressed not by a single word, but by a group of words. Is it possible that this word-order was only used for the sake of rhyming with "on it"?

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    I’m wondering if the words "drifting apart like a plate tectonic" are idiomatic or not.
    Lena, as far as i looked up, there wasn't any idiomatic meanings 4 it.
    I think it's only a metaphor. However a native speaker knows better than me!
    Let's Live By The Moment... Cause Together Ain't Promised Forever
    Жить надо так, чтобы тебя помнили и сволочи
    Du Vet Inte Vad Som Kan Hända Innan Aftonen!

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    Hello Lena,

    that sounds to me just like metaphor anod not like any idiom I've ever heard.
    and the correct order is "tectonic plate" saying it the other way around its just for the sake of good music ^^

    hope that helps!!

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    Lena
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    Thank you both very much. Those words being just a metaphor makes it even more difficult to understand their meaning. Something not good, I guess, like "getting more worn out" or "letting go in one’s dreams only". I wish I knew what feelings tectonic plates have as they drift apart.

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