In Reply to: Throw the rattle out of the pram posted by Joe Kralich on April 11, 2009 at 02:36:
: : : I would be interested to know the earliest know use of "throw his rattle out of the pram" (or similar), meaning to get excited or angry.
: : I've found a usage dating from 1995. I don't know where it originated but, if I had to guess, I'd guess Australia. 'Spit the dummy' appears to be a precursor and that is Australian.
: It is 1930's to 60's, better to search with just
: "out of the pram" and I am not sure if British or American. Yanks used it more so who knows.
I haven't been able to find any of those 30s to 60s references. Could you point to one please?