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In my oils

Posted by Pamela on June 17, 2007

In Reply to: In my oils posted by Victoria S Dennis on June 14, 2007

: : : : Where does the expression "in my oils" come from? For example "I'm in my oils when driving" or "If I had a yacht I'd be in my oils" meaning that it is a favorite activity or ideal environment. I can't find the expression on any search engines so I wonder if it might be a local phrase.

: : : I have never heard it in my part of the United States -- Kentucky and West Virginia.

: : I haven't heard it in California. Anyone from somewhere else not heard it? Speak up! ~rb

: Never heard it in the UK. (VSD)

Never heard it in Australia, and there are no hits on a google Australia search. There are some on a general google search (once you wade through the pages about oil paint), for example: "And I have to say that once I can lay my hands on said deluxe edition (I'm not sure where I stored it away), I'm going to be in my oils."