Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 22:23:20 -0600 From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: "level the playing field" >At 08:01 PM 1/13/98 -0500, you (Gerald Cohen ) wrote: >> I recently received a query about the expression "to level the playing >>field." In what way is a playing field leveled? What is the origin of this >>unusual expression? Is it older than the past decade or so? For me, the implication has always been that the losing person/team is claiming that the "field" is "tilted" to his-er/their DISadvantage. It's clearly figurative rather than literal. I think the expression has been around for well over a decade, but I'm not sure. Football fields are rounded so that rainwater drains off to the sides, but that's not the "leveling" that Missouri wanted when Colorado got a 5th down a couple of years ago and when a Nebraska player kicked the ball illegally this past year. DMLance