Word and Phrase Origins

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How did expression in harm's way come about?

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It means there is a potential for danger.

What is the origin of the word bronco?

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Yes, it comes from the Spanish word "bronca" meaning a row or a fight. "Armar una bronca" means to kick up a fuss. Thus a horse that was wild and unbroken. Gringo cowboys adopted the word with a slight alteration.