"Buy The Farm"
Origin: Farmers were notorious for having a large mortgage on their property. When a farmer died and he had life insurance the neighbors would remark, “At least the insurance will pay off the mortgage. Hence – He bought the farm!
Origin: Fisherman knew they had a fish on when their crank moved. As a goof it was common for another fisherman to pull on the line which moved the crank and made the fisherman think he had a fish. Fisherman used the expression anytime someone tried to fool them, “Hey, don’t yank my crank.”
“There is more than one way to skin a cat”
Origin: This was obviously first said by someone who was not a cat skinner as it turns out there is actually only one way to skin a cat.
Meaning: Think, be smart; use your head.
Origin: In some cultures, pasta is the main course and served from the head of the table. Pasta or the noodle became synonymous with the head. Thus, to be smart you use your head, or use your noodle. (Also see “She gives really good noodle!”)
Origin: In 1880, two Chinese inventors attempted to develop the incandescent bulb. The Wong brothers failed and finally gave up on the dream. Americans mis-interpreted a Japanese article about the effort and
Definition: Accept a gift graciously and unconditionally
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