Hit the Books

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Hit the Books

Post by Archived Topic » Tue Oct 12, 2004 9:51 am

What is the origin of "Hit the Books"?! It know it's an idiom and everything and I must've searched six million sites!! I can't find anything about that particular idiom that has to do with it's origin! Please help me out on this, it's part of my grade!

Name: Sarah
Age: 14
State: Oregon
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Post by Archived Reply » Tue Oct 12, 2004 10:05 am

Sarah: As you mature, you may find it useful to learn to think for yourself and try to keep something in the back of your mind that says, "Have I thought about what the possibilities are?" Now, if you think this means beat books
with a big stick, prepare yourself to either find a sugar
daddy or get a Mcjob. There is an idea called " self
evident" because I think you already know what it means and tell your teacher he/she is an idiot for assigning this phrase.
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Post by Archived Reply » Tue Oct 12, 2004 10:20 am

Sarah,

You fulfilled all the requirements (named your query correction, put your name and location), so I think you deserve help. Unfortunately, I don't have anything to tell you. You can get the definition in Merriam-Webster's online dictionary (look up "hit"), and you can deduce from on of the definitions of "hit" how the expression "hit the books" came about, but you'll probably need to get your hands on a dictionary of phrase origins or an Oxford English Dictionary to find out just when the expression first came into use and where. You may have to leave the cyberworld and go to a real library to check some of these resources. Good luck!

Lois Martin, Birmingham, Alabama, November 12, 2003
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Post by Archived Reply » Tue Oct 12, 2004 10:34 am

Sorry--that should read "named your query correctly" and "from one of the definitions."

Lois
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Post by Archived Reply » Tue Oct 12, 2004 10:49 am

hit the books? try "bible-thumping"
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Post by Archived Reply » Tue Oct 12, 2004 11:03 am

Hitting the books sounds like a sensible exercise, but I wouldn't advise trying to beat the bookies.
EA
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Post by Archived Reply » Tue Oct 12, 2004 11:17 am

Sarah,
That is also my problem... I can't help you... Maybe, you're the one who can help me... Please give me idiomatic expressions with their etymologies... Thank you...


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