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Thrown to the wolves come from

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on April 09, 2011 at 11:14

In Reply to: Thrown to the wolves come from posted by Zach on April 09, 2011 at 07:41:

: Where does the phrase, "thrown to the wolves come from"?

From stories that in the Russian and Polish winters hungry wolves would often chase a horse-drawn sleigh, and that sometimes in desperation the passengers would throw one of their number out of the sleigh, so that the wolves would stop and eat that person and give the others a chance to escape. Zoologists say that non-rabid wolves very rarely attack humans, so it may well be that no such thing ever happened; but it is a widespread legend. (VSD)