In like Flint

Posted by ESC on April 07, 2003

In Reply to: In like Flint posted by Johnny Drako on April 07, 2003

: Does anyone know the origins of "in like Flint"?

It's probably a variation of "in like Flynn."

IN LIKE FLYNN - "Chicago's 'Boss' Flynn's machine never lost an election and was always 'in office,' inspiring the expression 'in like Flynn,' meaning 'to have it made.' The popularity of actor Errol Flynn and his amorous activities helped popularize the phrase in the early 1940s." From Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997). "The Bronx machine that in the thirties under boss Ed Flynn provided the muscle behind Franklin Roosevelt's ascent to the White House (Flynn became the national party chairman)."

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