the moose's problem (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Tue Jul 19 03:16:57 UTC 2011

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Twice in his novels, SF author Robert Heinlein has a character say
"that's the moose's problem" (Stranger in a Strange Land and Glory
Road).  Both times, it appears from context that the meaning is, "let
someone else deal with the details" or "It's not my job" -- something
like that.

I can't find anyone else using the term -- checking the major databases
to which I have access turns up nothing informative.

Is anyone else familiar with the phrase in this usage?

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