From whence came that phrase?

Discussion with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by a post at Grammarly Blog: 14 Expressions with Crazy Origins that You Would Never Have Guessed

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2 Responses to From whence came that phrase?

  1. Willdwan says:

    “By and large” describes a square rigged ship under full sail, (large) as close to the wind (by) as she can go. So how did the phrase come by its current usage?

  2. rayinnz says:

    The explanation for “the whole nine yards” ignores that it was used before machine guns were in use plus a belt of ammunition is not 9 yards
    Cloth was sold in nine yard lengths. See Google

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