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Pull your finger out

Posted by Simon Burlison on August 14, 2008 at 07:38

With ref to the phrase 'Pull your finger out', I was told by my Grandfather A former Major in the British army that the phrase goes back to the English civil war and musketeers, who whore fingers of gunpowder round there necks and on sword belts and it was a command to action! one finger of powder per shot the musketeers would have the gunpowder pre measured into fingers so as to keep it dry and speed up the loading proses to much or too little gunpowder would be disastrous he said the command is recorded in army history.

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