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Posted by Rube on May 17, 2004

In Reply to: Get the lead out posted by ian raskin on May 17, 2004

: Any ideas here?
: I imagine it's about guns: getting the lead out being firing fast. It crosses my mind it could be about ballest, but lead would be damn expensive ballest.

: Anyone care to weigh in?

No, it's not guns, it's weight. The full phrase would be 'get the lead out of your ass', meaning 'stop dragging, get moving'.

Lead 'damned expensive ballast'? Compared to what? Rocks and dirt maybe, but not by much