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