Posted by Charlie on July 07, 2004
In Reply to: Bat n ball posted by Lotg (OZ) on July 07, 2004
: : : I was just joking with my Swedish-Australian buddy, and I told her that I've had enough, and I'm gonna pick up my bat n ball & go home. She didn't understand.
: : : I'm laying odds this originated from cricket - but does anyone now?
: : This means 'pick up your things and go home'?
: Yes, it's sort of a dummy spit. ie. I don't want to play any more, or I don't want to do this any more.
It's a phrase children would say when things aren't going their way in a game, and I remember saying it as a child. If I brought the football to the game and I was being a sore loser, or if the other team isn't playing fair, I'd say "I'm going to take my ball and go home."
Thus, the rest couldn't play any longer and the fun is over. It's a threat.