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COME ABOUT - ORIGIN

Wednesday June 29th, 2011
COME ABOUT.

Yet another everyday phrase that has its origins in nautical terminology. Coming about was often used tactically during naval conflict. It is actually a technical term used when sailing against the wind but was adopted by sailors in combat when a ship was heading away from the enemy and turned back to face them. This was a surprise tactic. The phrase eventually became the norm when describing something that has happened which is unexpected.
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