Posted by ESC on November 30, 2004
In Reply to: Thumb in the bum (time) posted by Keith Rennie on November 29, 2004
: Anybody else come across this nice one? Refers to a sudden life or death crisis where you should avoid panic and take advantage of any short time available before action.
: I think it's a WW II RAF fighter pilot/instructor expression--your plane is hit, but don't panic (avoid soiling your underpants by sticking your thumb up your bum) and meanwhile take a few seconds to work out your best course of emergency action.
: Anybody add to that?
: Love the site!
: Keith Rennie
All I can add is that in the United States, a person is urged to take his or her thumb OUT and get on with whatever needs to be done.