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Re: Fed up

Posted by R. Berg on October 07, 2006

In Reply to: Fed up posted by Hadley on October 07, 2006

: Can anyone tell me where the phrase "fed up" comes from? I've found some references to ancient falconry, but it doesn't really explain the phrase's modern-day context.

Presumably from the analogy with having overeaten and feeling unpleasantly full, having "had enough" (really, having had too much).

Dictionary of American Slang: "Since W.W.I, from Brit. slang. Orig. a version of the French 'J'en ai soupé.' In Brit. sl. since c1900. Fig., having a surfeit...." ~rb