[Ads-l] leave it all on the field

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 12 11:32:17 EST 2016


But *what* is being left on the field? If the phrase suggests anything to
me, it's the idea that any ill feelings should be left on the field.

Not at all what is meant now.

JL

On Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 10:51 AM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:

> It's an old expression beloved of football coaches and sportscasters.
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> Hillary Clinton told her campaign workers, "You left it all on the field,
> every single one of you."
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> 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."
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> JL
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