Kick out the jams

Posted by ESC on October 11, 2001

In Reply to: Help with origin of phrase posted by sherrie on October 11, 2001

: kick out the jambs -- meaning, to go all out. has anybody else ever heard this? i've used it but don't know where I picked it up. when I started asking around in my new hometown, no one had heard of the phrase. actually, one person said he'd heard it but didn't know what it meant. help!!!!!

KICK OUT THE JAMS -- "vb. American. to 'let rip,' get rid of all inhibitions and restrictions. A catch phrase in the rock-music world of the late 1960s, to which it was introduced by the rock group the MC5, who were allied to the anarchistic White Panther movement in Detroit. The phrase probably comes originally from an instruction to remove the chocks or wedges restraining a dragster car or aircraft." From the "Dictionary of Contemporary Slang" by Tony Thorne (Pantheon Books, New York, 1990).