Some articles on figurative usage, figurative, usage:
... The horse-racing phrase is first cited by OED in 1867, figurative usage in 1913 ... OED cites to 1877, figurative to 1909 ... OED dates the boxing usage to 1877 (it was previously used in horse-racing), but does not cite or date the figurative usage ...
... OED cites first boxing use in 1932, figurative use in 1959 ... defines sidelines in terms of "spec Football and other sports", figurative use from 1934 ... OED only cites the basketball definition, and that to 1976 AHDI cites a figurative usage from "about 1980 on" ...
Famous quotes containing the words usage and/or figurative:
“Pythagoras, Locke, Socratesbut pages
Might be filled up, as vainly as before,
With the sad usage of all sorts of sages,
Who in his life-time, each was deemed a bore!
The loftiest minds outrun their tardy ages.”
—George Gordon Noel Byron (17881824)
And figurative use have pretty well
Reduced him to a shadow of himself.”
—Robert Frost (18741963)