[LAD] Next year's LAC

Gabriel M. Beddingfield gabriel at teuton.org
Thu Oct 15 11:19:05 UTC 2009

On Thu, 15 Oct 2009, fons at kokkinizita.net wrote:
>> that makes sense now, so someone jumped the gun.
> Some time ago I learned on this list the expression
> 'jumping the shark' - IIRC it was Paul Davis using
> it. But what is 'jumping the gun' ?

I didn't find this in the first links someone posted... so here goes:

The phrase comes from racing (track and field, horse racing).  Usually, a 
foot race is begun when someone fires a gun.  If you start before the gun 
fires (a false start), it's called "jumping the gun."  I.e. you jumped out 
across the starting line before the gun fired.  So, as those other sites 
said, it means to start prematurely.


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