get one's goat (1906)

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 3 23:58:50 UTC 2014

(Wikipi): Army kidnapping of *Bill the Goat* was aimed at demoralizing
Naval cadets before the big game.  (Goats were taken to sea for
centuries as livestock, that could turn garbage into milk.)

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