Where does the idiom, " I so hungry I could eat a horse" come from? Did it originate in Europe or North America? Does it refer to eating something of large proportions or something that is not commonly eaten in England (unlike other parts of Eastern and Western Europe)?
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I'll throw in a curve ball. I contend that the phrase, "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse" gained is popularity from the history of those on long journeys as a last resort, actually eating the horse that they needed for travel in order to survive periods of starvation. I think its origin therefore, probably had less to do with the size, or the social taboo of eating horse, but the idea that eating horse has been, historically, a signal of last resort before starvation.
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posted by allthewhile at 2:35 PM on November 19, 2006