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'one to grow on'

Posted by ESC on January 07, 2006

In Reply to: 'one to grow on' posted by jl on January 07, 2006

: What does the phrase 'one to grow on' means?
: (-Only they are dumb enough not to wear seat belt.
: - That's one to grow on.

There is a custom (at least in the U.S.) of spanking a person on his birthday -- one lick for each year plus "one to grow on."