Ever wonder why we shout "shotgun!" to claim the front seat, or why someone who comes in second comes "close, but no cigar"? The origins of popular idioms are almost always fascinating — and often bizarre.
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An idiom is a figure of speech used to mean something other than its literal meaning. 00:02
In the Wild West, the person sitting next to the driver would carry a shotgun, hence why sitting there is "riding shotgun." 01:34
The phrase "close, but no cigar" was popularized in a 1935 screenplay about Annie Oakley. 05:14
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