Where did the phrase "The coast is clear" come from?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
the harbor is clear of enemies
- hickcrazy1Lv 71 decade ago
A nautical expression meaning:There is no fog or other obstacle to departure from a harbor or dockage.
The phrase first appears in print in 1531 where it describes a vessel which had safely cleared the coast, then later Shakespeare used it in 'Henry VI' as a reference to visibility. "Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions" by Bill Beavis and Richard G. McCloskey
- BarbaraLv 44 years ago
In roughly 1000 BC, before the days when masturbation was widely accepted as a healthy activity, people used to be very cautious about pleasuring themselves out of fear that others would see them. Hence, "the coast is clear" simply meant it was OK to jack off.
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- Your MasterLv 61 decade ago
the coast is clear means 'everything is all good'
when the coast is clear - the right conditions are present. no fog or mist therefore ships are ready to set sail!