Posted by Stef on January 02, 2003
In Reply to: Please help solve an argument... posted by anthony austin on November 08, 2002
: Is the correct expression...
: "Off your own back...:
: "Off your own bat..."
The way I understand it (I live in Australia) this expression originates from cricket. In other words, it means to achieve something unaided (cricket involves scoring "runs" using a wooden bat).