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Origin of idiom 'split hairs'?
Busman's Holiday - spending your free time doing the same thing you do during work In London, during the late 1800's, buses were pulled by horses. Some bus driver…s loved their horses so much that on their days off from work, they would ride on their own buses just to make sure that other bus drivers took good care of their horses.
In the 1890-1900s, many saloons had a "free lunch" for customers- sandwiches, pickles, boiled eggs, etc. to encourage them to stay and buy drinks. Sometimes a penniless man (a… bum in the term of the day) might slip in to the saloon to grab a bite of the "free lunch"- without buying drinks. If the bartender spotted him, he was about to get the "Bum's Rush"- out of the door and into the street.
It comes from the King James Version of the Bible, in Matthew 5:13, which says: "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salt…ed? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." Salt was more valuable than gold in the ancient world. When Jesus said to his disciples, 'Ye are the salt of the earth.Ye are the light of the world.' he was saying they were more valuable than gold, and by extension, so was anyone who would suffer persecution for their loyalty to him. The phrase has been used ever since to praise the very best kind of people. It has come to be typically used to pay a compliment to the finest common folk, humble, unsung heroes, decent, hardworking, dependable and unpretentious, the type that quietly give of themselves for the benefit of others and their community.
We may not know the origin with any certainty, but it's a very old idea. The French say one fights with "bec et ongles" (beak and talons), and they apparently got the idea fro…m the Latin phrase "unguibus et rostro." The Latin survives as the motto of the old Roman town (now in France) of Valence in Drome. In Latin, there's the idea of fighting with the entire body and every nail ("toto corpore atque omnibus ungulis"), which is credited to Cicero. Interestingly, "red in tooth and claw" is a more recent development, coming from a poem by Tennyson. Apparently "tooth and claw" was already in common use and may be related to "tooth and nail."
Upset the Applecart - to spoil or interfere with a plan; to obstruct progress Origin: Originated from the 1800s whereby a farmer would bring his applecart loaded …with neatly piled, fresh apples for sale. Along comes a clumsy oaf who knocks over the cart, spilling all the apples.The farmer's plan to sell the apples is spoiled.
Wow, I do not know how I know this, probably my dad told me years ago and I've just retained it for an occasion such as this. In the times when there were town crie…rs that brought beople the news, they would start at the town hall which would be at the center of the town, and they would work their way around the streets all the way out to the outskirts. This often took a whole day, and so those that lived near the centre found out in the morning before going to market and generally socialising. Those that lived near and on the outskirts wouldn't find out until evening, and so would be always talking about yesterdays news. But to them (and you must understand they were the majority AND the ones more likely to use phrases such as streets ahead) it seemed more like the others were ahead rather than themselves being behind. Therefore those close to the centre were 'streets ahead' of those that were literally streets behind. Hope that answers it for you, and until QI disproves it, good-bye Acey~Nz
'Cheek by Jowl:' means - nery close together, side by side It originates from: The Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare - if two people are together with one pe…rson's cheek right by another person's cheek (jowl), they are pretty close indeed.
There is a game of Twenty Questions. One person decides on a secret thing or person to think of. The other has 20 chances to ask yes;no questions to narrow down and guess the …answer.
Splitting hairs means drawing attention to insignificant details in order to find fault with something.
Sitting Pretty - to be lucky or to be in an advantageous position origin: this American expression comes from the early 1900's. Sitting is a comfortable position… and pretty is an adjective suggesting beauty, leading to the suggestion of an easy, favorable situation.
Let your Hair Down: to behave freely and naturally Origin - This expression began in the 1800s when many women wore their long hair pinned up in public and only l…et it down in private, especially before retiring for bed.
Take a powder - to leave quickly; to sneak out Origin: By 1925, this was a popular expression in the US. Powder referred to the explosiveness of gunpowder - if yo…u flee so you won't get caught for something, you are taking a powder.
it is trying to make petty distinctions that do not have any serious differences. So, dont waste time arguing, just take it the way it is
"Keep your hair on" could refer to the Old West, when Indians might scalp you if you were not watchful. I've never heard it said as "keep your hair on" though. I suppose the …idiom 'keep your hair on' means that if when a person is stressed the likelyhood that you could lose your hair or even pull it out hence keep it on and keep yourself calm This may be a mixed idiom - more common is "keep your hat on" which is also means keep calm and don't "blow your top". "Keep your hair on" is advice telling someone to keep calm and not to over-react or get angry.
A very severe headache, as if an imaginary axe is "splitting your head in two".
a female said in 1739 that her husband lost his head and she was going to be killed because her husband was a spy.
Hair ages over time and then it gets more fragile. Then it startssplitting, when it splits it stops hair growth on that piece ofhair. The proper way to treat it is to go to a …hair salon and cut1-2 inches of hair off so then it can grow longer but willeventually split again.