"in it to win it"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 29 17:18:14 UTC 2012

Hillary Clinton gave this phrase fifteen minutes of fame back in 2008.

On February 23, 1942, Dennis Flynn Chandler of Oklahoma City was awarded a
copyright for the words and melody of "We're in it to Win it."

The popular Arthur Guy Empey's patriotic play "Pack Up Your Troubles"
(1918) includes the song, "Our Country's in it Now, We've Got to Win it
Now," with lyrics by Empey.

(Also featured are the toe-tapping "Liberty Statue is Looking Right at You"
and "Your Lips are No Man's Land but Mine.")

GB shows the phrase gaining print traction during the 1990s.

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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