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Re: Stones

Posted by TheFallen on October 12, 2004

In Reply to: Stones posted by Lotg on October 12, 2004

: CSI scene: CSI team are watching a security video taken of a big tough looking guy gambling in a casino. They notice that a little guy standing next to him keeps ripping off his chips under his nose. Eventually the big guy notices and threatens to flatten the little guy.

: Jorja Fox says, "This guy's got stones taking on a big guy like that".

: Obviously this is an equivalent of 'he's got guts or balls to take on a guy like that'. But why 'stones'? Is this a metaphor for testicles?

Yes I believe so, cf "rocks". It may be an abbreviation/corruption of "balls of stone/like stones", which itself brings up the very similar expression "balls of steel".