Posted by Nita on March 08, 2002
In Reply to: Raring to go posted by nita on March 08, 2002
: : "Raring to go" -- where did it come from?
: : Possible guess is that it's equestrian -- "rearing to go" -- as in a hard to hold horse, but only a guess.
: : John
There is actually something about that covered on this site -
: www.phrases.org.uk meanings 201900.html
of these words, including raise, come from Old Teutonic raizjan- "raise". The
Old English form was ræran.
Rare in this sense first appears in the written record in the early 19th century: "He just rared up on his hind legs." The first instance of raring to go in the OED comes from the early 20th century.