Month: November 2017

blowing smoke up someone’s ass

Usually means paying insincere compliments to feed somebody’s ego, but can also mean  misleading statements or outright lying. It appears that this phrase was developed from ‘blowing smoke.’ The Dictionary of American Slang, (1960) has this entry for the phrase ‘blow smoke’: “To boast, to brag, to exaggerate. Implying that the speaker is having a pleasant dream, as induced by…

pull your horns in

To restrain yourself, become less belligerent, retreat, calm down, chill out, cool off , lower your ambitions, cut back on spending This phrase has nothing to do with the large mammals we think of as having horns, such as domestic bulls, or moose, or goats. None of these animals can retract their horns. What it does refer to is the…