Caught Red Handed, Cold Feet, Bootlegger

Caught Red Handed


In medieval times, animal rustlers who killed someone else's livestock were sometimes clumsy enough not to clean the blood off their fingers. Hence, they were caught "red handed".

Cold Feet

Bootlegger



A gambler wanting out of a game in rural Europe would let it be known that he was broke by saying that his feet were cold. Other gamblers would think he was just chicken, and the expression stuck. The government made alcohol sales to the Indians illegal because their low tolerance to the drink made them dangerous. So frontiersmen used to smuggle the bottles to the Indians by hiding the alcohol in the legs of their boots.
mflatham mflatham
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Jun 12, 2007