This expression probably refers to the tendency of a man who is about to fight
to take his shirt off before fighting. Not such a critical precursor to a fight these days, but prudent in the days when most men had only one or two shirts to their name!
""I say, you durned ash cats, just keep yer shirts on, will ye?"
The Spirit of the Times by George W Harris (1854).
Become a Member and discover books that entertain, engage & enlighten!
No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
Solve this clue:
and be entered to win..
Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.
Your guide toexceptional books
BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.