Shell out
Frank Pierce
How did this strange term, (to come forth with) - one which everyone knows, manage to come into current English usage? On the surface, it seems to make no sense at all.
Lewis Joplin II
SHELL OUT - "From the actual 'shelling out' of peas and corn - removing the first from their pods and removing corn from the cob - came the figurative use of 'to shell out, 'to pay out.'...Furthermore, dried shelled peas and 'shelled corn,' as it was called in America, were often a medium of exchange in the past. The phrase is first record in 1825." From the "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).

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