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Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: Surprising Origins of Everyday Expressions

 
 
Author
Harry Oliver.
Publisher Perigee  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.95 x 4.5 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780399536373
Pages/Publication Date 212/2005
Daedalus Item Code 60998
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Sowing your wild oats, throwing in the towel, painting the town red—Harry Oliver reveals the fascinating stories behind these and other strange turns of phrase that have emerged from everyday life. Also the author of Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops and Black Cats and Four-Leaf Clovers, Oliver catalogs military terms, place names, ceremonial practices, and other reference points to unearth answers to such questions as: What ancient empire coined the phrase "green with envy"? Who was the first person to "get someone's goat"? And which writer first penned, "I'll eat my hat"?
 
 
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