Your big-boy pants

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri Jun 13 14:06:13 UTC 2014

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Surely the reference is to successful toilet-training, the transition from diapers to big-person underpants?


Poster:       paul johnson

I've been hearing "big girl panties" used that way for a minimum of 10

On 6/13/2014 7:32 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> Philip Mudd, ex-CIA analyst, on CNN re Bergdahl:
> "As I said in the past, you gotta strap your big-boy pants on, 'cause there
> ain't no good decisions!"
> SWAG: suggested by the checked pants of the Big Boy Restaurant Big Boy.
> And "You're a big boy now."
> 271,000 raw hits for "your big boy pants on."
> JL

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