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A family of phrases

Posted by Mike on June 05, 2004

The pattern that interests me is:

"Let us make like a [noun] and [verb]"

Usually, the phrase arises on the occasion of departure or transition. There are many clever variants, such as

"Let us make like a bakery truck and haul our buns."

The question is: what is the original phrase, of which all the others are imitations? From whence did it originate?