"An Arm and a Leg" Antedating

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 3 15:38:57 UTC 2003

At 5:49 PM -0500 1/2/03, Fred Shapiro wrote:
>Updated OED material has an entry for the expression "an arm and a leg"
>with a first citation dated 1956 (Billie Holiday's _Lady Sings the
>Blues_).  ProQuest Historical Newspapers yields this antedating:
>1948 _New York Times_ 13 June R3  (advertisement) It's very welcome news
>to hear of a house that doesn't demand an arm and a leg to buy it.
And the first cite of "a nominal egg"?


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