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Rattle His Chains

Posted by ESC on August 07, 2000

In Reply to: Rattle His Chains posted by Tina on August 07, 2000

: This phase seems to have a southern origin. My intuition tells me it refers to chained people. It is used when someone means that must rush someone.
: Any ideas?

I thought the expression was, "Who rattled your cage?" referring to someone who gets excited or stirred up about something. The original meaning would point to a caged animal that was quiet until someone shook its cage. I'll look up the other phrase and post what I find.