4902Re: [prbytes] XP - Phrase Origins
- Feb 11, 2010At 11:35 AM -0800 1/28/10, Ned Barnett wrote thusly:
>http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/sayindex.htmI always love these sites, but be careful - they're not always right.
>If you're a word-origin junkie like I am, you're going to love this site.
>Warning - it will eat your mind for hours if you start browsing .
The phrase "Over a barrel" is clearly wrong. The origin of that
phrase originated when a target was in someone's gun site -- the
target was "over a barrel" of a gun, not a wooden cask filled with
anything like oil or pickles.
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