The more you take, the more you leave away.

Riddle: The more you take, the more you leave away. What is it?

Travel riddles can be a great way to pass the time during a long journey. Especially if you are mid-flight and there is no in-flight wifi. This popular puzzler might leave you scratching your head for a while. The answer to the riddle “the more you take the more you leave behind” is…

Wait… Are you sure you can’t figure it out yourself? The success of this riddle lies in an unusual use of the word “take”. When we take something in English it usually refers to picking up an object. S

 

o when we first read the riddle “the more you take” we are imagining picking up something. Like taking a book from the table. Taking a handkerchief from your pocket, or taking candy from a baby. In this case, we are “taking a step”. This riddle really made me think about how we use the word “take” sometimes.

Answer: Footsteps.


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