[Ads-l] human wrecking ball

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sat Jul 24 06:59:42 EDT 2021


Similarly, though unconfirmed, at GB, 1955, 1962 etc. for
"one-man wrecking crew."

SG
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Subject: human wrecking ball

There's a 1971 ex. in the Philadelphia News (July 16), p. 40, but I don't
feel like paying Newspapers.com extra to see the whole sentence.

I've heard it many times, esp. in the past few years. Seems like it was
originally used for football players.

Later for a certain president.

JL
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