turn a blind eye

Origin – Turn A Blind Eye

To “turn a blind eye” is to ignore information that is given to you. This saying came about during the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801 when Horatio Nelson, a British flag officer in the Royal Navy, was confronted by a large Danish-Norwegian fleet. During the battle Nelson’s more conservative superior officer flagged for him to…

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Origins – Beat about the Bush

Avoiding an issue is often described as ‘beating about the bush’, but where did this commonly used term originate? Well the phrase came about when hunters would coax animals out of hiding by beating a bush noisily to flush the animals out into the open. Timid and unwilling hunters would perform this act, making a…

Origins- nineteen to the dozen

Origins – Nineteen To The Dozen

The phrase ‘nineteen to the dozen’ is used when expressing that something or someone is going extremely fast. This saying originates from the mines of Cornwall in the 18th century.  The mines had pumps installed to drain flood water and when they worked at full capacity they would drain 19,000 gallons of water for every…

Origins - Butter someone up

Origins – Butter someone up

Butter someone up. A phrase meaning to impress, soften or warm somebody through flattery or kindness. It appears that this technique has been used throughout the centuries. Originating from a customary religious act in ancient India whereby worshippers would throw butter balls at statues of their gods to seek favour and forgiveness. Please do not…

Breaking Ice

Origins – Breaking the Ice

“Break the ice” is a phrase used to explain when barriers are broken in order to create a project or when a friendship is initiated. This phrase originates from the days before cars and trains when boats were the main method of transport and trade. Port cities that thrived on trading suffered during the winter…

Origins

Origins – Saved by the bell

Saved by the bell is a common phrase used to signify when one is rescued from an unwanted situation. The phrase originates from a time when being buried alive was a common occurrence! As a precaution, when individuals were buried they had bells connected to their grave stones. These bells had a rope which lead…