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It's all over bar the shouting

Posted by RRC on May 20, 2008 at 16:10

In Reply to: It's all over bar the shouting posted by Vanessa Alexander on May 20, 2008 at 13:40:

: Does anybody know the origin of "It's all over bar the shouting"? I know the meaning, it is just the origin I am looking for. My mother believes it comes from Julius Caesar.

From The American Heritage Dictionary says (for "all over but the shouting"):
"The term's first use, in print, in 1842 was by Welsh sportswriter Charles James Apperley, but some authorities believe it originated even earlier in the United States for a close political race." ... "A common British version is 'all over bar the shouting'."