April 5, 2020

Don’t Box Me In

Since it is against the rules of boxing to hit an opponent below the waist, both the terms “low blow” and “below the belt,” indicating unfair conduct come from this sport.

Since a bell marks the end of a boxing round but can also stop a knockout count, the term “saved by the bell” came to mean being rescued from a bad situation.

A boxer’s trainer can throw a towel into the ring to stop the fight if it is too dangerous for the boxer to continue, so “throw in the towel” means quitting or surrendering in an endeavor.