General Writing and Grammar Help/Origin of Phrase


Cabot wrote at 2008-11-21 14:51:12
I saw in another answer post what seemed as close to a correct answer that I have come across. "Wrapped around someone's little finger" indicates that it only takes the small amount of power in the little finger to get the person to do one's bidding. Hopes this explanation helps.

GED wrote at 2012-08-25 02:34:55
I understand it comes from medieval hawking where the bird handler wraps the leather control strap around his little finger

R.B Renz wrote at 2013-02-11 01:31:28
During the days of Kings of England and their passion for hunting with birds (falcons) . The term "wrapped around my little finger was for a small leash securing the falcons talons to a gloved hand.

Jim Harmon wrote at 2013-11-14 03:20:42
The term comes from falconry. The final move in preparation for release of the bird is to wrap the strap around one's little finger, giving the falconer complete control of the bird. Similarly, when the falconer has the birds feet on his index finger he places his thumb over them to keep the bird from unexpectantly flying off, hence, "to have him under your thumb".

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I`ve taught writing or some aspect of the English language for nearly 35 years. I can answer nearly any question on grammar, usage or meanings of words above dictionary usage. An avid crossword fan and writer, I can also answer questions about business presentations and resumes.


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