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Origin of common phrases

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by porky, Feb 17, 2012.

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  1. porky

    porky TS Member

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    We have seen threads with origins of common phrases. Here are a four that I recently found.

    Leatherneck: Marines used to wear leather collars on their uniforms for protection against saber wounds to the neck.

    Dodgers: short for trolley dodgers, the term used for residents of Brooklyn, NY, where streets were jammed with trolleys before the subways were built-hence, the old Brooklyn Dodgers professional baseball team, now in Los Angeles.

    Strike: A form of protest once practiced by disgruntled seamen, who delayed their ship's departure by striking down the sails to force the owners to listen to their demands.

    Sacked or given the sack: When proper equipment was scarce and factory hands supplied their own tools, a man who was fired would be given the sack in which he had brought his tools and made to leave.
     
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    The whole nine yards: The length of cloth machine gun belts in WWI.

    On the button: The 'Button' is the center of the scoring ring in the sport of curling.
     
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