Date: Tue, 18 Jul 1995 18:29:51 -0500
From: Daniel S Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU
Subject: ?"dropping like flies" (fwd)
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Date: Tue, 18 Jul 1995 12:25:50 -0400 (EDT)
From: Linda Wright lwright[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]libby.rbls.lib.il.us
To: STUMPERS-LIST STUMPERS-LIST[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CRF.CUIS.EDU
Subject: ?"dropping like flies"
Hello all! This one has us completely frustrated! Our patron wants to
know the origin of the term "dropping like flies" or "to drop like flies".
We checked all of our David Feldman books, our slang dictionaries, _Morris
Dictionary of Word & Phrase Origins_, Partridge's _Dictionary of Catch
Phrases_, and the compact OED. It wasn't even alluded to in any of these.
HELP! (We even tried some dictionaries of colloquialisms with no luck.)
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