long chalk="long shot" ?

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Thu Jan 22 05:08:55 UTC 2004

These things always arise from something that has nothing to do with the subject at hand.

Could the phrase "not by a long shot" which is recorded in the 1860's be nothing more than a mishearing of the 1830's phrase "not by a long chalk?"

Sam Clements

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