lead pipe cinch

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Sun Jun 13 23:18:24 UTC 2004

Barry Popik writes, citing Schloss:
> Eric Partridge thought it
>came about through the effectiveness of a length of lead pipe as a weapon. <
This conforms to the meaning "lead pipe cinch" has always had for me:  that
the effectiveness of "lead pipe" as an intensifier was directly related to
its effectiveness as a weapon.
A. Murie

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