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The heat is on

Posted by Pamela Griffin on June 01, 2001

In Reply to: The wit of the staircase posted by joe hamaker on June 01, 2001

I couldn't find the form we were supposed to fill
out--it wasn't at the bottom of my screen when I
rolled down, as the page said it would be--so am
doing this in a follow-up post. Hope this works. . .
I'm a writer, and am looking for the origin (year)
of the prhase "The heat is on." I have my gangster
character saying "Is the heat on?" to another
character, but am not sure if they would have said
this during the time of WWI--specifically 1917.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
If possible,I'd also appreciate the reference.
(Book, article, etc.)

Thanks and God bless--