jog/refresh memory

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  • grubble

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    British English
    "to jog <something>" means to hit or bump it lightly.

    "I jogged his elbow" = I nudged him.

    To jog someone's memory is a metaphor.

    "to refresh someone's memory" is non-metaphorical.

    There is a difference in meaning. If we "refresh a memory" we do this by reiterating some facts. If we "jog" a memory, we provide a clue that sets off a train of thought.


    Senior Member
    Jog his memory is basically another way of saying "remind."

    It is something that will make him think about something else. (refresh his memory)
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