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Re: Skin off my nose

Posted by R. Berg on January 26, 2001

In Reply to: Re: Skin off my nose posted by Jacobus on January 26, 2001

: : Trying to find where the phrase

: : 'It's no skin off my nose', comes from.

: : any ideas?

Quotation from Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British": "since c. 1925, at the latest . . . It almost certainly comes from boxing or, anyway, fisticuffs. [Someone else whom the author cites here] relates it to the toast, 'Here's (to) the skin off your nose!'"