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Throw the rattle out of the pram

Posted by Gary Martin on April 12, 2009 at 09:33

In Reply to: Throw the rattle out of the pram posted by Joe on April 11, 2009 at 19:46:

: Behind the Bathtub: The Story of a French Dogý - Page 71
: by Colette Audry - Dogs - 1963 - 307 pages

: But in this he is as persistently demanding as the baby who hurls his rattle out
: of the pram again and again, just to make someone pick it up. ...
: Developments in psycho-analysisý
: by Joan Riviere, Melanie Klein - Psychology - 1952 - 368 pages

: Page 258
: Children, sometimes even before the second half of the first year, enjoy
: throwing things out of the pram again and again, and expect them back.

: Beside a Norman towerý - Page 10
: by Mazo De la Roche, A. H. Watson - Fiction - 1934 - 247 pages

: ... a lead horse, an empty talcum tin, a blue rabbit, several toy skittles. He
: does not like the rabbit at the moment and throws it out of the pram.

: : I haven't been able to find any of those 30s to 60s references. Could you point to one please?

Those are literal references, aren't they? The question was really asking for the figurative usage.