[Ads-l] leave it all on the field

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Nov 12 11:41:26 EST 2016


> On Nov 12, 2016, at 11:32 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> 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

No, it's the *effort* that they expended--they gave it 110% on the field, they didn't hold anything back, etc.


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