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Get off the schnied

Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 11, 2000

In Reply to: Get off the schnied posted by Kevin Shinners on December 11, 2000

: Wodering of the exact meaning and origin of the term "get off the schnied". I have heard this used as meaning to move off of dead center or get on the winning track.

"Schneide" is German for "edge":

cutting edge -- Schneide
edge -- die Schneide
edge -- Kante; Schneide; Rand
edged -- mit einer Schneide versehen

I have always taken it to mean the latter--get on the winning track.