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steal you blind

Post by Archived Topic » Sun Oct 10, 2004 2:10 am

Does anyone know the origin of "Steal you blind?" Example: "If you don't watch out, they will steal you blind."

George

Saint John N.B. Canada

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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Oct 10, 2004 2:25 am

George, STEAL YOU BLIND is an illiteracy for ROB YOU BLIND meaning to rob or cheat thoroughly and subtly without restraint, mercilessly, comprehensively. It came into use in the mid-20th century. Two origin possibilities are 1) everything is being stolen including your sight or 2) the person being robbed might as well be blind.

(Chapman Dictionary of American Slang, American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms)
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Oct 10, 2004 2:39 am

If they take your money AND your life, that's curtains. EA
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Oct 10, 2004 2:53 am

The Cheshire Cat Burglars could rob you blind. Not even a Private Eye could catch THEM. But I suppose if they were eventually arrested, the judge might have to give them nine life sentences.
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