Month: December 2018

spill the beans

To “spill the beans” means to divulge a secret, especially if you do so by accident, or maliciously, and upset the situation. The earliest meaning of “spill” was “kill,” in common use in the 1300s. It has meant “divulge” since at least the 1500s. Variations include: “spill the soup,” “spill your guts,” “spill blood,” and just plain “spill.” You might…

by hook or by crook

“By hook or by crook” means “by any method necessary,” suggesting that you should do whatever you have to, whether or not ethical and legal, in order to accomplish a goal. The origin of the phrase is obscure, with several different explanations and little evidence to support any particular one over the others. The phrase has endured at least partly…