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More than you can shake a stick at

Posted by Brian Shea on July 07, 2000

In Reply to: More than you can shake a stick at posted by John Drennan on June 26, 2000

: Hi - can anyone help with the origin of the phrase 'more than you can shake a stick at'? Any contributions gratefully received.

I think it's related to the old nautical term "enough space to swing a cat in", or thereabouts, which referred to the cat o'nine tails. When they
were punishing sailors, it referred to the space required to swing the device.