"Throw the Bums Out" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Thu May 6 15:21:32 UTC 2010

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Seems to have started as a chant by audiences who disapproved of
boxing/wrestling matches, from the 1920s onward, then moved to baseball
(in reference to both "Dem Bums" and umpires) before it moved to

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> Someone asked me today about the origin of the phrase "throw the bums
> out."  This is an important political expression, but in a few minutes
> of research I don't see it in The Yale Book of Quotations or the OED
> Safire's Political Dictionary.  I haven't yet run it through the
> databases.  Is anyone able to supply any information about early uses?
> Fred Shapiro
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