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I can't, I've got a bone in my leg

Posted by John Pocklington on November 16, 2006

70 years ago whenever I wanted to stir my grandfather into unwelcome activity he would say. "I can't, I've got a bone in my leg" which was strictly true and enough to satisfy a little boy. Using the same phrase to my own grandchildren, the family claim to have never heard of it. I'm sure this phrase is established in English phraseology. Can you confirm this?