I'm throwing in the towel .....

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#1 May 13, 2013
In old boxing days many bruised fighters couldn't get to their feet when the bell for the new round began. Their managers new they could do nothing but give up since they were too weak to continue. As a signal, one of them would toss in an article used to soak up blood -- a towel or sponge.
The saying today meaning when you are forced to give up of "throwing in the towel" still remains.
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Do you know the origins of an old saying?

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#2 May 13, 2013
Bad Bex wrote:
In old boxing days many bruised fighters couldn't get to their feet when the bell for the new round began. Their managers new they could do nothing but give up since they were too weak to continue. As a signal, one of them would toss in an article used to soak up blood -- a towel or sponge.
The saying today meaning when you are forced to give up of "throwing in the towel" still remains.
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Do you know the origins of an old saying?
This little expression of course derives from boxing. When a boxer is suffering a beating and his corner want to stop the fight they literally throw in the towel to indicate their conceding of the fight. This earliest citation that I have found of this is in the American newspaper The F ort Wayne Journal-Gazette, January 1913:

Murphy went after him, landing right and left undefended face. The crowd importuned referee Griffin to stop the fight and a towel was thrown from Burns' corner as a token of defeat.

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#3 May 13, 2013
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water

Years ago before indoor plumbing, families would take baths monthly and sometimes even yearly. The man of the house would always go first followed by the sons then the females. The babies were always last and the water was so think that you could lose someone in it.

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#4 May 13, 2013
Raining cats and dogs

Back in the old days, houses were built with thatched roofs. Cats, dogs, mice etc would live in the roof to stay warm. When it rained the roof would get slippery so the cats and dogs would fall off.
Krypteia

Rayleigh, UK

#5 May 13, 2013
I found a photo of my boxing days in the army,if you turn it on it's side it looks like I'm standing up..

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#6 May 13, 2013
"A Chip On Your Shoulder"

The origins for this phrase appear to be from the early 19th century, where a particular group of people that were looking for a fight would place a chip of wood on their shoulders and walk around, daring others to knock it off. Anyone who wanted to accept the proposed challenge could do so by knocking the chip off the person's shoulders.
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United States

#7 May 13, 2013
Never throw in the towel!!! Just rap it around your head and join the Obama administration!

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Closing the barn door after the horses left?

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#8 May 13, 2013
"An Arm and a Leg"

There are two theories on this one.
Originating from the early 20th century, during one of the major World Wars. When a soldier would return home from war missing a limb, it was said it cost him an arm or a leg.
Another is that way back in the day, an artist would charge less for a head and shoulders portrait. If you wanted arms and legs, it cost more hence the saying "it cost an arm and a leg".

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#9 May 13, 2013
the window

“Have mercy”

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#10 May 13, 2013
You people are just no fun, lol.
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#11 May 13, 2013
Ferrerman to Geno, Geno to Ferrerman:
Take the bull by the horn - Love your strap on.
What's good for the goose is - Hot foreplay.
I didn't know they piled it that high - Pumps, 75$.
Small Fry - That's what my ex said too!
Handle with kid gloves - I'll report them all!
Poor Wee Lamb - That's it, they're reported!
Waste not, want not - Yummy, but too much salt!
I'm pulling your leg - <tee hee, blush, rolling eyes>
Beggars can't be choosers - I <3 Barrack!
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth - It's all good!
Putting your foot in your mouth - Practice.
Knee high to a grasshopper - Felatio.
Rob Peter to pay Paul - Four-way Friday.
A Bone to Pick - Rob, Peter or Paul.
Sunday go to meetin' dress - Pink Chiffon, 90$.

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