Bar None
Chris G
I'm just curious, what is the origin of the the saying "Bar None".
"None" has meant "not [even] one" since before the 1100's and "bar" has meant "prevent" since the 1200's, so the phrase could have been intelligibly formed as early as that. As a cliché, however, I'd suspect that came into popular currency several centurries later. Perhaps some leads can be found through study of the wrestling etymology of "no holds barred."
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