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Re: Five by Five

Posted by James Briggs on August 15, 2001

In Reply to: Five by Five posted by Patrick Nelson on August 15, 2001

: Does anyone know where this phrase originated. I belive it is an old military term for radio checks.

: Thanks
: PLN

Whether it was military or not, it was certainly the title, and main refrain, of a 1940s Ink Spots or Mills Brothers song - 'Mr five by five - he's five foot tall and five foot wide'