Posted by Bruce Kahl on October 17, 2001
In Reply to: Re: Second bite of the apple? posted by ESC on October 17, 2001
: : : : What is the origin of the phrase, to get a second bite of the apple??? HELP!!!
: : : This is a guess: it means sex and refers to the forbidden fruit that Eve offered to Adam. What do you guys think?
: : It's used in the law. If I recall correctly, during a trial, if an attorney asks an improper question that provokes an objection that is then sustained... it really irritates a judge if the attorney attempts to "take a second bite of the apple" by asking a similar improper question. Any lawyers out there to verify this?
: Oh. My mind in the gutter again.
The phrase is also used in sales and marketing.
You close a deal for x amt of money and then you add on or upsell an addditional product, maybe 10 cases of ink cartridges if its a printer sale, so that you can get a 2nd bite at the same apple.
Politically, here in the US, some Republicans claim that Mr. Gore got a 2nd, 3rd and a 4th bite at the old proverbial apple during the last presidential "election".