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Re: : "...polish the cannon balls."

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on June 21, 2006

In Reply to: Re: : "...polish the cannon balls." posted by David FG on June 21, 2006

: : : "...polish the cannon balls." Where did the phrase 'no need to polish the cannon balls' come from. I have heard it used to indicate over preparation.

: It's not a phrase I am familiar with, but I assume it comes from the fact that polishing cannon balls is a rather pointless activity: adding a needless refinement.
: DFG

In the British Army it was traditional to whitewash the coal before an important inspection. (VSD)