Posted by Razz on December 04, 2003
In Reply to: Wipe the floor with you posted by James Briggs on December 03, 2003
: : Where, when and how did this saying come about?
: Guess. From boxing. Outside the boxing ring, when someone's knocked out they tend to be dragged away from the scene, thereby 'cleaning' the floor.
: My guess is that it is pretty old( maybe even older than boxing) because there is a German saying that means the same:
"Mit jmdn den Boden abwischen."