Chinese Fire Drill antedating(1946)

Sam Clements sclements at NEO.RR.COM
Fri Sep 19 20:04:15 UTC 2003

OED doesn't seem to list this term.  Of course, I could be wrong.
M-W doesn't list it either.

RHDAS has 1952(Leon Uris).  They have an indirect cite from "1942-45" which
has the same meaning but says "fouled up like a Filipino at fire-drill."

>From June 5, 1946, The Coshocton(OH) Tribune, p.8 (the sports page--ed.)

     "As far as Burton was concerned, everything was fouled up like a
Chinese fire drill as Hogan finished with his plus 51 to lead Lloyd


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