tell it to the marines

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English[edit]

1918 song

Etymology[edit]

Unknown, with many apocryphal suggestions.[1]

Phrase[edit]

tell it to the marines

  1. (idiomatic) I do not believe what you said.
    • 1829, Douglas Jerrold, Black-Ey'd Susan, Act I, Scene v
      William. No palaver! tell it to the marines. What, tacking and double tacking! Come to what you want to say at once.

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  1. ^ Etymology of “tell it to the marines”