Cliches and expressions give us many wonderful figures of speech and words in the English language, as they evolve via use and mis-use alike. Many cliches and expressions - and words - have fascinating and surprising origins, and many popular assumptions about meanings and derivations are mistaken. These cliches, words and expressions origins and derivations illustrate the ever-changing complexity of language and communications, and are ideal free materials for word puzzles or quizzes, and team-building games. Cliches and expressions are listed alphabetically according to their key word, for example, 'save your bacon' is listed under 'b' for bacon. Some expressions with two key words are listed under each word. A commonly ignored reference source for many words and expressions origins - especially for common cliches that are not listed in slang and expressions dictionaries - is simply to use an ordinary decent English dictionary Oxford English Dictionary or Websters, etc , which will provide origins for most words and many related phrases see the 'strong relief' example below.
The comic strip Dick Tracy has introduced numerous characters. As the History is unknown it probably started out as a frontier Settlement with the Chief law officer bring a Sheriff of the County; later when the community grew law enforcement became the responsibility of an elected Constable or Town Marshal. There would also be a Crime Lab. Police Chiefs in Dick Tracy comic Strip Five members of the Police have been exposed as either corrupt or having ties with "The Apparatus" [i. Organized Crime].
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