Sunday, September 26, 2004

Today's OED antedating: "all over the map"

All over the map, figurative, colloquial, everywhere ("map," n.1, sec 8 (c), first use cited 1981): Film titled The Sweet Smell of Success, by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman, 1957: "ROBARD. ... I pay you a C-and-a-half a week wherein you plant big lies about me and the Club all over the map."