Posted by Henry on July 06, 2004
In Reply to: Jerking or yanking someone's chain posted by ESC on July 06, 2004
: : : What does that and "yank your chain" mean?
: : : Thankx,
: : : Vidhya.
: : From a previous discussion:
: : TAKE IT INTO THE WHEELHOUSE - ".we're going to take it into this administration's supposed wheelhouse." From "Had Enough: A Handbook for Fighting Back" by James Carville with Jeff Nussbaum (Simon & Schuster, New York, 2003) Page 30.
: : : "Right in his wheelhouse" is a common expression in U.S. baseball, though I don't know how old it is, or if it originated as a sports expression.
: : : In baseball, it refers to the location of a pitch that makes it easy to hit for a particular batter.
: : Wheelhouse -- A hitter's power zone. Usually a pitch waist-high and over the heart of the plate.
: : From http://www.delugeonline.com/baseball_lingo.html Accessed March 15, 2004.
: Yanking or jerking someone's chaing. My opinion: I believe this phrase comes from jerking a dog's chain which is very disturbing to the dog. Yanking someone's chain is doing something to purposely upset them.
: ("Pulling someone's coat" is alerting him or her to a problem.)
When somebody makes an unwelcome interruption, a sharp reponse is "Who rattled your cage?"