The origin of a given phrase is generally not known with certainty. I make no guarantee regarding the correctness of any phrase origins provided. In fact you will often find multiple possible origins offered. Although I do research suggested origins, the key is that origins must stand the test of reasonableness (as judged by me). In the end you must be the judge.
A number of books exist on the subject. In most cases these tend to be dry, academic research identifying dates and authors of when phrases first appear in printed materials. I tend not to include such uninteresting bits unless it adds to the explanation. Unless the reference helps to explain why the author chose to use that phrase then such reference is not likely to be relevant.
This is an effort at original research, not simply a collection of information culled from published books. My methodology is to tap a vast pool of knowledge - people who use the internet. By bringing together the tremendously diverse background and experience set of visitors, a high quality of phrase origins is being assembled.
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