cliche': "all in the wrist"

Dave Hause dwhause at JOBE.NET
Mon Apr 28 02:43:53 UTC 2008

Not that I have any expertise here, but fencing would seem likely to predate
either of these sports.
Dave Hause, dwhause at
Waynesville, MO
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Covarrubias" <mcovarru at PURDUE.EDU>

Well when I'm not golfing I'm fishing.

1904 CF Holder _The Boy Anglers_ on p. 285:

"Castin' is all in the wrist, and there's a lot in it. You find the man
who feeshes up a stream is generally a poor hand at the cast."

Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> Often used humorously but not in latest OED.  Early, serious ex., from
> golf, as one might expect:
>   1912 James Oppenheim _The Olympian_  (N.Y.: Harper) 231: Take it easy —
> the easy stroke — it's all in the wrist, the twist.

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