[Ads-l] leave it all on the field

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Sat Nov 12 10:51:10 EST 2016


It's an old expression beloved of football coaches and sportscasters.


--Charlie

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Hillary Clinton told her campaign workers, "You left it all on the field,
every single one of you."

Despite what you might think, "leaving everything on the field" is a *good*
thing.  It means bringing everything to bear, going all out - though I'd
like to know why.

I first heard the phrase some months ago (from Kellyanne Conway, IIRC), in
the form "We're going to leave everything on the field."

JL

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"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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