In like Flynn; Run for the Roses; Yoot
avine at ENG.SUN.COM
Mon Jun 14 18:25:16 UTC 1999
Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> IN LIKE FLYNN
> FEBRUARY 6, 1943 Errol Flynn is acquitted of the statutory rape of two
> teenage girls. The incident spawns the expression "in like Flynn."
> --LOS ANGELES magazine, June 1999, "THE SEX ISSUE!," "the sexual time line of
> L. A.," pg. 72, col. 1.
> The RHHDAS has 1945 for "in like Flynn."
> From "Kathleen A. Tamony," 3 July 1940:
> "Your name is Flynn...you're in."
> Official of BILLY ROSES's "Aquacade"--Golden Gate International
> Exposition (Tamony's wrong. It's the New York 1939-40 World's Fair--ed.)--to
> party of people, telling them that they would receive passes for 9 pm. show.
> From the SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 8 February 1942, sports, pg. 2, col. 1:
> Answer these questions correctly and your name is Flynn, meaning you're
> in, provided you have two left feet and the written consent of your parents.
> From the SAN FRANCISCO CALL-BULLETIN, 9 February 1943, pg. 7, col. 5:
> SEEMS AS though my guess about the derivation of the phrase, "I'm Flynn"
> wasn't altogether correct. I said it meant one was all set, ready, fixed,
> etc.--and that's right. But two correspondents, O. B. and John O'Reilly
> agree that it began with some such phrase as "Well, I'm in like Flynn."
> Finally, you were "in, Flynn." Now it's just "I'm Flynn." The reverse of
> the phrase is not common, but it started with "I'm out like Stout," which was
> shortened to "out, Stout" and is now "I'm Stout" (meaning things aren't so
Sounds like an American version of rhyming cockney slang.
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