2017-02-23 / Editorial

Phrase of the week

Fly off the handle: This is an American phrase that alludes to the uncontrolled way a loose axe-head would fly off from its handle since handmade axes were crudely fitted, thus suggesting a loss of control on the part of the user. It is first recorded in the 1825 novel “Brother Jonathan (the New Englanders”) by John Neal, but was made popular in Thomas C. Haliburton’s “The AttachĂ© (Sam Slick in England”) written in 1843.

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