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Re: I'm your huckleberry

Posted by Smokey Stover on October 07, 2008 at 15:29

In Reply to: Re: I'm your huckleberry posted by ESC on October 02, 2008 at 20:41:

: : What does the term used in the movie "Tombstone" refer to?

: Probably -- I'm your friend, I've got your back. I'm your wingman. See previous discussion in the archives.

: http://www.phrases.org.uk/search.html?cx=partner-pub-1661211094230592%3A7u5dot-xy7q&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=huckleberry&sa=Search#1364

Huckleberries are discussed in several posts in the Archives (q.v., previous page, type in Huckleberry).

The phrase "I'm your huckleberry" seems to mean "I'm the man for the job." See, in addition to the Archives, Michael Quinion's interesting comments.

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-huc1.htm

The huckleberry is not native to England, and although it resembles the bilberry, early settlers in the New World knew the difference. There are several varieties of huckleberry, and one, sometimes called the box huckleberry, can grow in huge cloned colonies thousands of years old.
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