What is the origin of the phrase the jig is up?
"The jig is up" is a phrase that refers to a person being found out or exposed. The phrase has it's origin in the racist South because it refers to the lynching of slaves and African Americans.
Sir, the phrase originated in 1874 when Derek Bush held up a convenience store for "the jig", which was a magazine promoting adult toys. After the incident, local residents would say "the jig is up" after something bad would happen to them.
The jig is a dance that was performed for an audience at the end of all plays in Elizabethan times until Shakespeare did away with it in the early 1600's. The jig would occur when all the complexities of the plot had been revealed; therefore, "the jig is up" means that everything that was hidden is now known.
There is no such phrase. There is a word rampage. It is of Scottish origin, perhaps from RAMP, to rear up.
The origin of this phrase "Driving you up the wall" is British. Meaning to aggravate someone to the point of doing the impossible.
the jig is up
Don't know the origin, but I am originally from Wigan in the North West and we use the phrase "Coppering Up" when using all our change to pay for something.
The origin of the phrase "Show Out" is from a Christian Hip Hop band called Flame. They sing about how the audience shows up and shows out to indicate how much an audience wants to see a performance.
The origin phrase for a heart of gold is grande salchichas
I am from cental Wisconsin. I am not certain what the origin of the phrase is but it was commonly used by my father and grandfather
Looking up the phrase in OED, I found "the more (is) the pity". So, the phrase gives the impression that "the more is the pity when something bad happens".
This commonly used phrase originated in Moldavia, though is an ancestral up your bum
If you're "playing catch-up," it means you are behind on your task and are trying to catch up to the deadline or to the other people. There is really no set origin -- that's just what "to catch up" means.
The phrase "monkey's uncle" is often used as an expression of disbelief. The origin of the phrase began with Darwin and his belief that monkeys and humans were related.
The phrase "chop chop" is a slang term used when you want someone to hurry up. It's thought to originate from the Chinese "k'wai-k'wai" which means "hurry up".
Jig-a-Jig was created in 1970-05.
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I think it means the same as pull the wool over my eyes.
"on the rocks"
The full phrase is Hell's bells and buckets of blood. A very old naval expression, origin unknown
The Spanish for "I have put" is he puesto, could this be the origin?
Foes anyone knke
The phrase 'come full circle' refers to getting back to the original position or the original state of affairs. The origin of the phrase is unknown, but is used in the Western world.
The origin of the phrase "fire in the hole" is believed to be miners who set up a detonation charge and needed to warn other miners about it before they set it off. It could also have come from cannons, which have a hole in them filled with gunpowder that ignites when the fire reaches it.
''hoi polloi'' that's the phrase :)
It's not a phrase, and it's one word "armpit". Origin is from Old English earm "arm" and pytt "hole in the ground".
The origin of the phrase is really not known, it seems to have appeared in about 1949/1950
ain bayah hebrew
how dare you. you are out of line.
Pos eiseh, which means "how are you."
no one knows
Payment for a debt
The volatility of the oceans...
make a killing
The origin of the phrase 'two peas in a pod' is from 16th century England. It is a simile that was created by John Lyly. It used to be a very popular phrase, now it has become less common.
The origin of the phrase 'a sight for sore eyes' is from Jonathon Swift. It was said in 'A complete collection of genteel and ingenious conversation' in 1738.
The first recorded use of the phrase was in a letter Roosevelt wrote to Henry Sprague in 1900. Roosevelt claimed the phrase to be of West African origin, but there is no corroborative evidence of that. It is possible that he coined the phrase and made up the derivation.
a machine jig you divvy
The phrase, 'the sidewalks roll up at,' has as yet no authoritatively determined origin. Its meaning, however, is as follows: 'things shut down here at' or 'the shops or clubs close at' -- followed by the appropriate time as context dictates.
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There are quite a few theories as to the origin of this phrase. You can review them at the Related Link
The phrase seems to be of uncertain origin but came into print in 1861, used by the novelist Thomas Hughes in his book 'Tom Brown at Oxford'
well, little sally walker goes: little sally walker, walkin' down the street (clap clap) she didn't know what to do so she stopped in front of me (dancing) she said, "hey girl do your thang, do your thang, switch. hey girl do your thang, do your thang, switch. repeat. another is jigalo and it goes: jig AOL jig jig AOL jig AOL jig jig AOL. hey (insert name here). hey what? you ready? for what… Read More
Q: Here's a question that's been on my mind ever since my wife took a pregnancy test this morning. What's the origin of the phrase "knocked-up"? A: According to the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, the phrase "knocked up," meaning pregnant, first appeared in print in 1830! An 1860 slang dictionary defined the term this way: "Knocked up. ... In the United States, amongst females, the phrase is equivalent to being enceinte." The… Read More
The origin of this phrase is in the poem Jabberwocky. It has the phrase "O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" in it. Some people change the word "frabjous" to something else, because they have a need for it to mean something.
Pavlov's experiment with his dogs.
It originated from the story of frankenstein
King's domain Latin phrase
Is it not from Little Orphan Annie?