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Stick pins in my eyes

Posted by Smokey Stover on September 01, 2005

In Reply to: Stick pins in my eyes posted by Linton Gellatly on August 31, 2005

: I am curious to find the origin of the phrase "I would rather stick pins in my eyes".

It might be just a made-up phrase with no particular antecedent, or it might mean something like, "I would rather stick pins in my eyes, as though I were a voodoo doll, than accede to your demand." I believe that you might hope that sticking pins in the eyes of a voodoo doll representing some particular person would blind that person. Or I'm wrong. SS