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Phrase Origins Quiz January 2020

The key word in this phrase comes from a Latin word for "stake" and also referred to a fence (a barrier made of stakes). The word "pole" comes from the same source. By the end of the 14th century, the word took on additional senses including a place where one was not allowed to go. Eventually, probably in the 1700s, this idiom took on its figurative meaning of "outside the limits of propriety."


The phrase is:  Beyond the pale