Date: Tue, 18 Jul 1995 18:29:51 -0500 From: Daniel S Goodman Subject: ?"dropping like flies" (fwd) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Tue, 18 Jul 1995 12:25:50 -0400 (EDT) From: Linda Wright To: STUMPERS-LIST 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.) TIA! Linda Wright Musser Public Library 304 Iowa Avenue Muscatine, Iowa 52761 (319) 263-3472 (319) 264-1033 (fax)