Dictionary of Catch Phrases (Partridge)
Partridge, Eric. A Dictionary of Catch Phrases. 1992 reprint, revised ed. Lanham, Md.: Scarborough House, 1985.
Contains excellent information, but unfortunately suffers from an odd alphabetization system, the lack of an index, and few cross references, all of which makes finding the phrase you want difficult at best. Partridge also had the unfortunate practice of giving his best guess as to the date of a word’s origin as opposed the date of actual citations.
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