NAIL ONES COLOURS TO THE MAST ORIGIN
Monday August 24th, 2009
.Commonly used when describing someone who is determined to get what he or she wants make that intention very clear, nailing one’s colours to the mast means exactly what it says on the page. During battle it was traditional for enemies to attempt to seize flags or ‘colours’ from each other’s ships. Therefore flags were often literally nailed to the mast to make them difficult to extricate and symbolize the crew’s resolve never to surrender.