In hide nor hair?

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The ancient saying was 'in hide and hair,' and the meaning was 'wholly, entirely. ' The American phrase means 'nothing whatsoever. ' Our first record of it occurs in one of the early works of Josiah G. Holland, 'The Bay Path,' published in 1857: 'I haven't seen hide nor hair of the piece ever since.

What does the phrase hide nor hair mean?

Also, hide or hair. No trace of something lost or missing. For example, I haven't seen hide nor hair of the children. This expression alludes to the entire outer coat of an animal. [ Mid-1800s]

Where does the term hide nor hair come from?

neither hide nor hair. Nothing; no part of something. The term, which dates from Chaucer's time, alludes to the fact that the outside of an animal is made up of hide and hair, which therefore constitute its entirety.

Is it hide nor hair or hide nor hare?

Meaning: When there's no trace of something or a person, you haven't seen hide nor hair of it or them. ('Neither hide nor hair' is also used.)

Hide Nor Hair by Ray Charles 1962

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