Posted by R. Berg on June 05, 2004
In Reply to: 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?
"Why don't you make like a tree and leave?" must be an early ancestor of this group.