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Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 29 14:21:05 EDT 2017


If one accepts the grenade pin source, how does one explain the apparent
absence for 50 years, until recently?

DanG

On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 2:06 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> IIRC, Gene Evans  puts a pin back in a grenade in Sam Fuller's _The Steel
> Helmet_ (1951).
>
> Other than that, I can't recall a single instance of this trope in the
> umpteen bazillion war movies I've watched since ca1960.
>
> The usual old-movie cliche' is pulling the pin with your teeth.
>
> Not recommended, even with a great dental plan.
>
> JL
>
> On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 6:46 PM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > WG:  << with _put a pin in it_ which is also _a common phrase associated
> > with moving on or putting something on hold_" >>
> > WB:  I.e., putting a pin back in the grenade. Heard that enuf in movies.
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