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Seeking origin/meaning of archaic & obscure phrase

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by bassteban, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. My 88-yr-old mother, being somewhat harrassed by my father, responding by saying, 'Quit woolin' me around!' She then realized she had no idea where this metaphor(simile?)came from or what it means, or meant originally. A google search of the words *wooling, woolin', woolin & woolen* yielded nothing applicable.
    Please help me, TBOT- you're my only hope. :)
  2. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    Sounds like a Sheep herder ref. to me. "Don't try to lead me around like a sheep?"

    I'm just guessing here :)
  3. Smurf-o-Deth

    Smurf-o-Deth ¡No me gustan mis pantalones!

    Oct 2, 2007
    The state of denial.
    "Woolin'," short for "woolgathering," would mean in context: "indulgence in idle fantasies and daydreaming; absentmindedness." Origin, according to the online Etymology Dictionary:

    1553, "indulging in wandering fancies and purposeless thinking," from the lit. meaning "gathering fragments of wool torn from sheep by bushes, etc."
  4. I'm going w/Smurf-o-Deth on this one- well done, sir. TB>the rest of the damn net. :D
  5. wow smurf, well done!
  6. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Its not a metaphor nor a simile. I believe the correct word may be "idiom".
  7. Ah, back to being a smart*** Things are lookin up! :D

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