Posted by R. Berg on November 18, 2001 at
In Reply to: Sucking wind posted by Rick Dixon on November 18, 2001
: Origin and meaning of "Sucking wind".
Perhaps it's a short version of this phrase, from Eric Partridge, Dictionary of Catch Phrases: American and British, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day:
"'your ass-hole's sucking wind.' You don't know what you're talking about: a low C20 Canadian catchphrase, esp. common in the Canadian Army of WW2. The Canadian 'your a** is sucking blue mud' . . . [is] more precise: 'You're in error': since c. 1920. Probably of US origin."