What is the origin of the phrase open fire?
Open Fire is the command to fire at will, as opposed to volley fire, wherein the group fires simultaneously. This from the old days of singe-shot weapons.
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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.
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."
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.
The phrase catching a cold is an idiom since you cannot physicallycatch an illness. This phrase has been around for hundreds of yearsbut there is no indication as to when it originated.
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.
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…easurement!) This answer came straight from several WWII vets. In WWII, gunners in aircraft (tail gunners, belly gunners, etc) had limited space and weight available for ammunition. The length of a machine-gun bullet chain for these aircraft, when stretched out, measured 27 feet in length. So when the gunner "let him have it" he gave the enemy the "whole 9 yards." But I believe I just may have a starting point. In the latter part of the 1800's, est around 1860, Winchester was advertising its ammunition as The Most Accurate "Right Out of The Box". ( Full Answer )
It is believed to have derived from Hocus-Pocus, a meaningless Latin-sounding phrase used by conjurers.
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…o mainly this is whylast is called lucky.... ( Full Answer )
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'.
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.
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…e horses'. ( Full Answer )
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… saying, "Forget about it" No charge, Free, (Fuhgeddaboudit) ( Full Answer )
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.
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…e pizza man delivered our food. ( Full Answer )
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…gland, indicating that it has been part of American speech since colonial days. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/tarnation It's a trudication of " what in the entire nation?" Jus shows ya wut kin hapin to a langwidge over tym! ;) ( Full Answer )
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…came a sarcastic comment. Later when the words passed into common usage in the English language they came to mean "you've got it made - easy - that's great" ( Full Answer )
The origin of the phrase "fire in the hole" is believed to beminers who set up a detonation charge and needed to warn otherminers about it before they set it off. It could also have comefrom cannons, which have a hole in them filled with gunpowder thatignites when the fire reaches it.
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 …Boy". ( Full Answer )
Fire composition Thick smokes filed the air , making the once bright room into total darkness like a stone age cave. Plumes of black smokes billowed out of the window. Acrid smokes filled my fresh lungs. A huge piece of debris fell and blocked the priceless exit. The unbearable heat f…rom the fire was making me melting like an ice cream. The raging ferocious fire soon itched its way close and closer to me , making my heart palpitating . Tongues of flames licked the wall in vengeance. Some lionhearted people took the fire extinguisher and extinguish the flames. Lungs getting dry gradually as time passes like donkey years. The fire fighters battled to extinguish the raging inferno. Thick,acrid smoke reduced the visibility to near zero. The acrid smoke seared my eyes. The building was engulfed by smoke and flames. Searing heat slowly made it difficult to breathe. The fire soon began to have its life on its own. The apartment was charred and was wrecked beyond recognition. ( Full Answer )
stop, drop and roll. blazing hot. tongues of fire. warm glow of a fire place. out of the frying pan into the fire. light a fire under someone (to motivate a person)
( thegamut ) 1The completerange or scope of something: the whole gamut of humanemotion . EXAMPLE SENTENCES Anger, jealousy, possessiveness, suspicion, aggression - Harryexperiences a whole gamut of human emotions, but seems to able tocontrol them much better that he did in The Phoenix. Her fa…ce could register the gamut of human emotions without everfully revealing her inner nature. These stories take you on an exciting journey, and you traverse awhole gamut of human experience and emotions that reflect thechanging Tamil milieu. ( Full Answer )
An open sentence (usually an equation or inequality) is described as "open" in the sense that its truth value is meaningless until its variables are replaced with specific numbers, at which point the truth value can usually be determined (and hence the sentences are no longer regarded as "open").. …How this differs from the far more conventional 'satisfied' or 'unsatisfied', is beyond the coign of vantage of this algebraist. ( Full Answer )
Yes fire it is a cooking phrase often used on hell's kitchen. It means to heat it or cook it by using a stove or oven.
"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…uld end. Thus "sweep the nation" came to mean anything that effectively covered the entire nation in a small amount of time. (A full game only lasted a few minutes.) ( Full Answer )
It is from the cloth industry, where a small flaw was seen in the manufacturing process of fabric, a string was inserted so the flaw could be easily identified. If 'no strings attached' the cloth was perfect.
In the Biblical story of Job, he was subjected to many bad things for many years, but never lost his faith in God.
this means to be called to help or called to service in the area or gifts of help.
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.
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…es, these were stored in the drawer closest to the floor. Next, Tuesday's clothes were in the next drawer up and so on for the clothing for each day of the rest of the week, with the top drawer designated for Sunday's clothing. Since the garb for Sunday was traditionally the finest of the week, the expression "top drawer" came to be associated with "the finest". ( Full Answer )
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 …to pull to hearher speak, she was named "Chatty Cathy". Researchers are stilllooking for who or what Nellie was, but as right now, the answer isthere isn't a origination. ( Full Answer )
According to dictionary.com is a phrase termed in 1739 in reference to a flowering plant that has gone to seed, looking ratty and unkempt
The first dice were actual six-sided knuckle bones, used by Roman legionnaires circa 6th. century.
Acts: chapter 19, verses 4 to 7 tells you about the baptism of fire of the apostles of Jesus Christ.
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.
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.
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.
It means that if all signs and symptoms show that something is going on,then there is something going on. we cant have smoke without fire, so if u see something odd happening, there is a fire causing it.
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.
I've been told that when someone shoots themselves to death, thatthey have such a grip on the gun that their fingers have to bepried off the gun grip.
Clans in the USA in the early years punished community individuals when they commited a serious offence by saying 'You're fired' and subsequently burnt their homes.
Axl Rose says the gun represents the fight and the rose represents the win, and the name of the band also comes from the junction of two bands, L.A. Guns and Hollywood Roses
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… crying when others had it soucj worse. ( Full Answer )
its a term used in wild land firefighting, where firefighters will burn large areas of land against the wind in order to create a wall of burnt area to stop the fire.
It has a subject (It) and a verb (is), and it makes sense. Therefore it's a sentence.
Originally, to discharge a gun, you lit the gunpowder, and set the powder on fire- or "fired" it.
"The Lord sent Noah a rainbow sign/No more rain, but the fire next time" (trad. spiritual) - implication that the next time will be worse. Also the title of a famous speech by activist Alex Baldwin.
The metaphor is drawn from metallurgy. A crucible is a vessel, often made of stone, and sometimes with a spout, in which metals are melted. It is used by metal workers and also by early alchemists who were searching for the 'philosopher's stone' a substance which they believed could turn base metals… into gold. When crude ore is melted in a crucible the impurities or 'dross' float to the surface and burn off, or the pure melted metal can be poured off from underneath. To be 'fired in the crucible' then, would mean to undergo an intense and painful trial from which one would emerge purified or refined. ( Full Answer )
The origin of the phrase, Saint Elmo's Fire, is related to weather. It was coined by sailors who witnessed balls of light during thunderstorms and was thought to be bad luck.
The first meaning could refer to firing a gun with blanks inside of it instead of bullets. The second meaning could refer to a man who is impotent in the bedroom.
"Fire in the hole" is a phrase usually used by bomb technicianswhen they are about to set off an explosion.