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"in high cotton"

Posted by Wayne Moseley on March 19, 2006

I'd like to suggest a correction to your explanation of the term "high cotton". I live in Mississippi and we grow cotton here. The term is always used following the word "in", as "in high cotton". It does not reflect at all the pride of the owner of the field for realizing a plentiful crop, but only the delight of the people who were picked the cotton. To be "in high cotton" meant that you didn't have to stoop hardly at all to pick the bolls. The phrase simply means to be happy.