keep a cow/have a cow

Jan Kammert write at SCN.ORG
Sun Apr 24 15:47:27 UTC 2005

On Sat, 23 Apr 2005, Beverly Flanigan wrote:

> My father (b. 1900, Minnesota) said the same thing (chase, that is).  Never
> heard "keep a cow," but might there be some connection with the Simpsons'
> "Don't have a cow"?  I never watched the show, so I don't really know what
> the phrase means.
In the mid-1960s around Chicago, we said have a cow to mean have a fit.

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