10 Dark Origins Of Everyday Phrases

‘Meet A Deadline’

To ‘Meet A Deadline’ means to complete your task on-time. During the Civil War, this phrase meant to keep prisoners from escaping by drawing a line 20-feet from the walls of the prison. Prisoners were then shot dead if they came too close to the line.

‘Blue Blood’

‘Blue Blood’ means to be of noble birth. The phrase comes from medieval Spain, where the nobility would refuse to mingle their bloodline with other families, so they practiced inbreeding.