History of words and phrases

Put lipstick on a pig: A term used  to describe a weak attempt to deceive people by trying to make an ugly person or thing appear attractive.

Rub salt into the wound: To increase someone's pain or shame. It came from the custom of errant sailors who were flogged on the bare back, and afterward salt was rubbed into the wounds.

Blind alley: A gate or opening in a wall at one time was called an "eye." So an alley with no opening at the end was called "blind."

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