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KEEP YOUR SHIRT ON ORIGIN

Thursday October 15th, 2009
KEEP YOUR SHIRT ON
In bygone days shirts were a pretty expensive item of clothing. When a sailor decided to fight someone he would always take his shirt of prior to the commencement of fisticuffs. Hence a phrase used by those attempting to calm the situation was ‘keep your shirt on.’ The phrase has long since become common-place for meaning to keep calm and under control.
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