Eagle flies - the

Posted by R. Berg on October 31, 2001

In Reply to: Eagle flies - the posted by Tom on October 31, 2001

: What is the orgin of "the eagle flies" as a reference to payday

According to Eric Partridge, Dictionary of Catch Phrases: American and British, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day, the eagle is "that which figures on the US dollar." Partridge doesn't give your version of the saying; he has "the golden eagle ****s on Friday," "the eagle ****s on pay day," and "the golden eagle lays its eggs," all of British or American military origin, from World War II or earlier.