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"In like Flynn(e)" deveration of phrase

Posted by Mike Edgar on October 28, 2002

"In like Flynn" as opposed to "In like Flynne"

In Australia the phrase "In like Flynn" seems to be used to denote that one is well accepted into a particular group or culture or that one is safe or secure or that something is deeply and securely imbedded.

The phrase seems to be linked to a famous Australian Presbyterian Clergyman and Missionary, the Very Reverend John Flynn (1880 to 1951). His fame is based on his work and involvement in developing the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the "Pedal Radio" in the late 1920's and early 1930's.

His base of operations for much of his ministry was at (Australian Inland Mission) Alice Springs in Central Australia.

John Flynn became a legend in his own life time and was widely known as "Flynn of the Inland"

Because the town of Alice Springs is so geographically centrally located in Australia it is generally deemed not possible to get any further into the interior.

Hence the phrase "in like Flynn" in an Australian context.