Posted by SR on January 13, 2005
In Reply to: Re: Phrase meaning posted by James Briggs on January 13, 2005
: : : Shoot the bucket out of the bean hook
: : : cumes from Joliet IL in the 1930s or 1940s
: : : Anyone know the meaning?
: : I've never heard it. But it is very intriguing. Could bean hook refer to something to hold a bean pot over a fire?
: Could it be 'beam hook', ie a hook from a beam from which a bucket is suspended?
Slang terms here! The head is sometimes called the 'bean,' and the nose is called the 'hook.' As with hitting a spittoon with a gob from the mouth, to blow through the nose (hook) and hit the bucket (spittoon). It is a stretch, I know, but could it be?