The Origin of 10 Strange American Expressions

Have you ever wondered where some strange American expressions come from?

My English lessons take the cake! (to be the best at something)
Don’t beat around the bush— tell me what happened.  (be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead)
Close, but no cigar! (to fall just short of a successful outcome and get nothing for your efforts)
Cut to the chase! (get to the exciting part of the story– skip the boring details)
No dice! (used to show that you didn’t get the results you wanted)
I am gung ho about starting English lessons! (enthusiastic and eager to do something)

I came across this article this morning and found it quite interesting:

http://www.bestonlinecolleges.com/blog/2011/the-true-origins-of-10-weird-american-expressions/

 

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