[Ads-l] _to have it snaked_ "to be assured of success, to have it made"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Aug 22 14:44:15 EDT 2018


Is the origin linked to some process like gun cleaning?  My first association was to the snaking of clogged toilets, but it’s probably not that.

LH 

> On Aug 22, 2018, at 1:31 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Not in Green's
> 
> Jambeaux - Page 68
> https://books.google.com/books?id=35B5AAAAMAAJ
> Laurence Gonzales - 1979 - ‎Snippet view
> "But we're not ready," Scoop whimpered. "Nothin' to it," Link said. " We
> _got it snaked_."
> 
> "Got it snaked" was common in the military from ca. 1960, when I first
> heard it.. The author is a Vietnam vet.
> 
> -- 
> -Wilson
> -----
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
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