Month: July 2017

colder than a witch’s tit

The phrase is a metaphor for extreme cold, just as “hotter than the hinges of hell” is a metaphor for high temperatures. Another version is “colder than a witch’s tit in a brass bra.” Witches were once imagined as old hags with wrinkly skin and icy blood. So the phrase “colder than a witch’s tit” became common during very cold…

bang for the buck

An idiom meaning getting value for your money or work. Sometimes the phrase is used to mean “a better value for the money spent.” The first citation of the phrase in print appears to be an advertisement in Metals and Plastics Publications, 1940. No advertiser would use a colloquial expression in an ad unless it was understandable to his audience,…