March 19, 2020

Going Out on A Limb

A person can be “disarmed” without amputation because “arms” in this context is short for “armaments,” or the weapons of warfare.

The association of “bootleg” meaning homemade, smuggled, or somehow unauthorized was boosted by the booming illegal alcohol trade of the Prohibition era, but the term actually started in the previous century to describe smuggling flasks inside the legs of high boots in states which already banned booze.

To undercut or sabotage yourself is sometimes called “shooting yourself in the foot,” after the common WWI practice of soldiers doing so to avoid being sent into battle on account of their “accidental” injury.