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Re: Knotted knickers

Posted by R. Berg on April 28, 2001

In Reply to: Origin of Sayings. posted by Graham Clarke on April 28, 2001

: I am Looking for the origins of the folowing sayings.
: "Knickers in a knot".
: "Odds and sods".
: "Egg on your face".

Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British," mentions "Don't get your knickers in a knot" as an Australian variant of ". . . in a twist," apropos of which he says "Cf. the slang phrase 'get [one's] knitting twisted,' get one's ideas and facts confused."