Covering over ten thousand phrases, including qbite the bullet, q qtake the cake, q and qbuy the farm, q a reference on common American vocabulary and idiomatic expressions defines each entry and provides a contextual sentence.[Second half of1700s] Back of the hand similarly means aan insulta in the term back-handed compliment (see under ... we obviously backed the wrong horse, or Counting on the price of IBM to rise sharply was betting on the wrong horse. ... The variant is thought to come from a board game or street game where an unlucky throw of dice or a marker sends the player back to the beginning of the course.
|Title||:||The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition|
|Publisher||:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2013|