has my back

Steve Geiger srgeiger at STUDENTS.WISC.EDU
Thu Apr 29 05:19:14 UTC 1999

I haven't looked it up for a true citation, but I would think that it comes
from the action/drama television and movie circuit.  It would be a parallel
phrase to "I've got you covered," as in when someone is running out into a
stream of bullets or something.

>This afternoon I heard a Virginia student in an NPR interview say that who
>or what has his back is God. This was in response to a question about where
>kids get their sense of appropriate behavior.
>Familar to anyone?  I suppose it may have its roots in "monkey on my back"
>or "my mother is on my back" etc.

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