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A boxing term meaning to deflect from direct hits
A duck resting on the ground is easier to shoot than one that happens to be flying away
This expression comes from short selling of stocks in the belief that their value is going down
Originates from the British Military practice of playing the drums when someone was court marshaled
Came from the practice of biting one's tongue to suppress either a smile or outright laughter
Some Native American tribes declared peace by burying a tomahawk in the ground
People once believed that you could actually summon the Devil by saying his name
During war, the surgeon would shove a bullet in the patients mouth and ask him to bite down to ease the pain
In the Middle Ages, people caught birds by dropping a net over a bush and clubbing the ground around it to scare the birds into flying into the net
In old England ale is/was drunk in pints and quarts. So when customers got unruly, the innkeeper would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down
Many years ago, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic mugs. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service
In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on

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