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Pee a ring around

Posted by ESC on August 03, 2011 at 17:01

In Reply to: Pee a ring around posted by BarbaraE on August 03, 2011 at 08:59:

: I'm looking for the origin of the phrase "Pee a ring around oneself," as in: "He pees a ring around himself whenever someone else asks for something." The meaning/implication is clear, but I'd like to get some history on the phrase if any is available. Thank you.

I've never heard it. But I've read my share of paranormal fiction. Witches, etc., enclose themselves in a circle of salt to ward off any evil beings they may conjure up. Maybe urine contains enough salt to work. That's one theory.