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That's a wrap

Posted by R. Berg on October 16, 2003

In Reply to: That's a wrap posted by Nina on October 16, 2003

: : Could someone help explain the phrase used by movie directors at the end of a shoot: "That's a wrap". Where does this phrase come from / what did it originally refer to? Thanks!

: American Heritage says 'a wrap' is the completion of filming on a movie. It makes sense to me since 'to wrap' can generally mean to finish doing something.

I believe "That's a wrap" developed from a phrase used earlier and popular among news announcers ending a broadcast, "That wraps it up."