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Goat Slang for Anger

Where did the “Get Your Goat” expression originate? A 1904 book, “Life in Sing Sing,” identifies “goat” as a slang term for “anger, to exasperate.”

Chairman’s Goat

Where did the “Get Your Goat” expression originate? Americans are credited for coining the phrase because the first non-US citation is from English author John Galsworthy’s 1924 story, “White Monkey”: “That had got the chairman’s goat! – Got his goat? What expressions they used nowadays!”

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He Lost His Goat

Where did the “Get Your Goat” expression originate? The Jersey Journal, March 21, 1906, p. 2 referenced how, not only could someone get another person’s goat, but a person could also lose their goat by losing their composure. “Joseph Dunn, 24 years old, of 88 Beacon Avenue, lost “his goat” yesterday when small boys with

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A Boxing Term

Where did the “Get Your Goat” expression originate? Boxing journalists were among the first to popularize the expression. According to the American Dialect Society, the following was included in the Kansas City Star, Nov. 22, 1905, p. 21: “No, none of them can punch like Corbett. He got my goat that day and he got

Somebody’s Got My Goat

Where did the “Get Your Goat” expression originate? There was even a song published in 1908, “Somebody’s Got My Goat” Somebody’s got my goat He must have gone a-strollin’ Though he was old enough to vote He’s lost, strayed or stollen When he began to feel his oats He went out chasing nanny goats You

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Calming Race Horse Companion

Where did the “Get Your Goat” expression originate? One popular explanation tells the story of race horses who were kept calm before races by a companion goat. If someone wanted the horse to run poorly, he took the goat to upset the horse.

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