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  • 1The complete range or scope of something:the whole gamut of human emotion

  • Anger, jealousy, possessiveness, suspicion, aggression - Harry experiences a whole gamut of human emotions, but seems to able to control them much better that he did in The Phoenix.
  • Her face could register the gamut of human emotions without ever fully revealing her inner nature.
  • These stories take you on an exciting journey, and you traverse a whole gamut of human experience and emotions that reflect the changing Tamil milieu.

What is the origin of the phrase 'or bust'?

According to DigitalHistory (http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu), "California or Bust" was the first phase to use "...or bust!". Pioneers heading west put this on their front gates or front doors of their properties when they suddenly left for a better life in the western US.

What is the origin of the phrase talking trash?

The origin of the phrase 'talking trash' is believed to be theUnited States around 1980 or 1981. The phrase was often used inurban settings or during sports events. Different countries havedifferent phrases to describe this type of talk including the term'sledging' used in the UK.

What is the origin of the phrase dead easy?

The origin of the phrase 'dead easy comes from the Englishlanguage. The term dead actually meant 'simple' or 'completely' anddates back to the 14th century with this usage.

What is the origin of the phrase 'right out of the box'?

This is a real brain tester. I do Know the origins of several other phrases, such as "The Whole Nine Yards" referring to the 9 yds of fabric used for the Scottish great kilt. ***CORRECTION*** TO "THE WHOLE NINE YARDS" No suits, kilts or wedding veils here. (The Scottish did not use yards as a m (MORE)

What is the origin of the phrase Lucky Last?

They two were searching for gold in the forest. One found thegold first but the tiger was hungry so the first person was eaten.The second person found the gold and took it safely because thetiger was busy eating. Some people don't know the story but useslucky last a lot.............................s (MORE)

What is the origin of the phrase goodbye?

The expression was originally "God be with Ye (or you)", as a sort of blessing or good luck phrase to someone leaving your presence and was later shortened to 'good bye'.

What is the origin of the Phrase hanging in there?

This phrase comes from fruits ripe for the picking. This is because those fruits are in a precarious position ready to fall, be plucked or harvested. Similarly hanging in there regards social circumstances of standing bye in uncertainty awaiting resolve.

What is the origin of the phrase not to frighten the horses?

At the time when Oscar Wilde was on trial for indecent acts, Mrs. Patrick Campbell (a noted actress) was asked by a friend what on earth Oscar and is men frieds got up to, an wasn't it disgusting? Mrs. Pat replied, 'I don't care what they do, as long as they don't do it in the street and frighten th (MORE)

Phrase origin On the arm?

The phrase On The Arm came from the Mafia. To show their respects to the Mafia Boss who protected their neighborhood or fear of being extorted, the store owners would not allow them to pay for items. The store owners would take their right hand and brush it against their left arm as a way of (MORE)

Phrase tie the knot originate from?

This actually goes back to medieval and Pagan rituals of marriage or traditions in some cultures where the brind and groom have a cord tied around their wrists during the ceremony to show that they are bound together for life from that point forward.

What is the origin of the phrase In the nick of time?

Around the 1580's the phrase in the nick meant in the cut or notch to mean at a precise moment in time. The phrase evolved to be in the nick of time. Nowadays the meaning has also evolved to mean at the last moment. At the last second. Example: I was begging to starve but in the nick of time, th (MORE)

What is the origin of the phrase 'what in tarnation'?

Tarnation and darnation (the latter probably having come first) are both euphemistic forms of damnation. Tarnation seems to have been influenced by tarnal, another mild oath derived from ( e ) ternal! The Oxford English Dictionary cites late-18th-century examples of tarnation from New En (MORE)

What is the origin of the phrase 'Bob's your uncle'?

it goes back to the 1880's when Lord Salisbury, the Prime Minister gave a political job in Ireland to Arthur Balfour. Lord Salisbury was known to Arthur Balfour as 'Uncle Bob'. Lord Salisbury had given a job to a member of his family. The public became aware of this so the words 'Bobs your Uncle' be (MORE)

What is meant by the phrase of karstic origin?

Karst is a name for a certain type of landscape where the bedrock is riddled with cracks, fissures and caves formed by water dissolving/eroding the bedrock. "Of karstic origin" would refer to something (probably geological) that has been shaped under similar circumstances like a karstic landscape ha (MORE)

What is the origin of the phrase 'mud sticks'?

It refers to Dr Samual Mudd who was imprisoned after being implicated in the assination of Abraham Lincoln. He was later released but not pardoned - hence the 'mud(d) sticks' saying.

What is the origin of the phrase to get your Irish up?

There is a belief that the Irish people are renowned for their (bad) temper. People therefore sometimes refer to the Irish Temper . So, "Don't get your Irish up." means "Don't lose your temper. Stay calm. Don't be angry." See Related Link below ads

What is origin of phrase rune for your money?

The word "rune" was used by the Germanic tribes from at least 1800 years ago until about 1000 years ago as a form of writing. Which has been replace by the Roman alphabet that we use today. (This paragraph is my opinion, not fact) It is not a fact, but from the research I have done I believe th (MORE)

What is the origin of the phrase log on?

When a server receives a connexion, it's usually saved somewhere, in files called "logs", along with all the actions you do on the server until you disconnect. So, when you connect somewhere, the logs are started (Logs ON) until you disconnect, then the logs are stopped (Logs OFF).

What is the origin of the phrase saved by the bell?

In the sport of boxing a fight lasts for several rounds separated by a short interval for the fighters to rest and lick their wounds. The end of each round is announced by a bell so if you are in difficulty towards the end of a round then you will be saved by the bell because then your opponent (MORE)

What is the origin of the phrase 'get the shaft'?

It originated in Europe during the Middle Ages, where burial space was often in short supply. To maximize use of space in many cemeteries, the dead were often buried in six foot vertical shafts, rather than the usual horizontal grave position. The vertical position was considered less socially respe (MORE)

What is the origin of the phrase 'undertaker'?

well graves are below ground, right. there might also be some connection with the Spanish word for Labor- Trabajo= which is related to Bajo- below-down ( arriba is up) and thus a labor enterprise- or Undertaking. the Spanish word for work is almost literally ( Undertaking) from what I know of this l (MORE)

Where did the phrase 'keep your word' originate?

This has a Biblical origin. It can be found in various passages in the Old Testament and New Testament John 8:52-55). It eventually came to mean a convenant or promise that would be considered heartfelt and lasting. (IMHO)

Where did the phrase you can do it originate?

1996 Summer Olympics when Kerri Strug was preparing to do a vault with a broken ankle, the camera flashed to her coach, Bela Karolyi shouting "You can do it!" With a Russian accent. It was parodied shortly thereafter by numerous Adam Sandler films, most recognizably Rob Sneider's line in "The Water (MORE)

What is the origin phrase sweeps the nation originate?

"Sweeps the nation" comes from the first PacMac game in the early 60s. In the game, PacMan is seen to use a broom and dustpan to get rid of the killer ghosts. Once the ghosts were dispatched, PacMan would move on to sweep up other areas of the game. When the entire nation had been swept, the game wo (MORE)

What is the origin of the phrase 'plumb full?

As an informal word meaning "utterly" plumb may derive from its formal meaning of "exactly vertical." But the variant spelling "plum" suggests that its origin may lie elsewhere.

Where did the phrase 'top drawer' originate?

Scotland. One of the bedrooms of Glamis Castle, in Scotland, contains a chest of seven drawers that was designed for holding and organizing the royal occupant's clothing. Clothing was placed in one of the chest's drawers depending on the day of the week it was for. Thus, starting with Monday's cloth (MORE)

Where did the phrase Negative Nellie originate?

Nellie was never discovered. People have said that the name Nelliewas added after negative for the use of alliteration. But other sayings like Chatty Cathy, do originate from something.Chatty Cathy, has the name Cathy because the first talking dollsname was Cathy. With a string attached to her back (MORE)

Where did the phrase angel of death originate?

The phrase angel of death appears in the Bible in the Book of Exodus chapter 12 verse 23. Exo 12:23 When the LORD goes through Egypt to kill the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the beams and the doorposts and will not let the Angel of Death enter your houses and kill you.

What is the origins of the phrase dicing with death?

Two guilty men were sentenced to death but the presiding judge was in a lenient mood and offered one man his freedom. To decide who should be released the men each rolled a die. The man who rolled the higher number was released, and the other executed. Hence dicing with death.

Where did the phrase bust your hump originate?

This has to do with a stranded Arab with a camel who lost his ability to walk. To survive the arid heat, he had to "bust the hump" (a very difficult task) of the camel to get nutrition and hydration.

What is the origin of the phrase his cross to bear?

We all have our cross to bear means that we can't make progress without SOME suffering. A bit more: Since Jesus was forced to bear (carry) his own cross on which he was crucified, it is assumed this phrase originated from that.

Where did the Phrase Crying in your soup originate from?

I believe it came from the era of the Great Depression when consumers had very little money. However, if you had soup on your dinner table you were doing much better than some. If you were "crying in your soup" then you were not being grateful or appreciating the very fact that you had soup and were (MORE)

What is the origin of the phrase time is of the essence?

It's used in legalese when writing contracts. It's used to say that if you don't complete your end of the bargain by a certain time, incurable damages will occur and the contract is void. Essentially, the essence of the contract is dependent on time.

Where did the phrase as mad as a hatter originate from?

in the 1800's nearly Everyone would wear a top hat. the hatter would always make his hats by hand. The process of making a hats involves some chemicals and one of those chemicals would be mercury. Hatters would take hours inside a closed area with no fresh air and the mercury would make them go craz (MORE)