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High Cotton

Posted by Bruce Kahl on March 22, 2004

In Reply to: High Cotton posted by mark on March 22, 2004

: What's the origin of the term "high cotton," or "he or she is in 'high cotton?'"

This came from the old US south where cotton was one of the few cash crops when this country was first settled. High cotton is a reference to the tallest healthiest plants, which produced the most cotton. To be "in high cotton" is to have a valuable, bumper crop.

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