February 2009
Military History;Feb/Mar2009, Vol. 25 Issue 6, p14
This section traces the military origins of everyday words and phrases. In the Age of Sail, the "cap" was a ship's prow. An attacking captain would "set his cap at" the enemy. "Turn a blind eye" originated from an incident in which then-Captain Horatio Nelson put a telescope to his bad eye when signaled to withdraw. "Last-ditch effort" originated from the practice of digging several lines of defensive trenches.


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