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No skin off my nose...

Posted by ESC on December 10, 2000

In Reply to: What is the origin of the phrase . . . . . .? posted by Pete Ridler on December 10, 2000

: Does anybody out there have the origin of the phrase "It's no skin off my nose".

: We all use it and are familiar with the meaning, but I am blessed if I can find the origin!!

: Also, why do none of us ever say "No way, that will be some skin from my nose!!"

: All ideas welcome please,

: regards,

IT'S NO SKIN OFF MY NOSE - "That problem is not my concern. That task is not difficult for me. The saying originated in the early twentieth century and is of boxing origin. The pronoun 'my' may be replaced with another pronoun or noun. 'Nose' is often replaced by 'behind' or 'a**.'." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).