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    Wool and eyes?

    Dear teacher,

    The idiom "pull the wool over one's eyes" (q.v.) has been around, I believe, for a very long time.

    I am interested in knowing the origin of this idiom, and even the country of origin, if known.

    Greatly appreciate your help.

    Serendipitist

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    Re: Wool and eyes?

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    Re: Wool and eyes?

    One site that looks into such matterssuggests that it is an American idiom that came from the wigs that people wore:

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/p...your-eyes.html
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 18-Apr-2017 at 21:33. Reason: Fixed typo

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