Talk:kitty bar the door
I never heard this term associated with ice hockey. My understanding was that the phrase meant "hold on there's trouble coming." I can offer no valid reasoning for this interpretation other than being sure that I did not hear it in relation to ice hockey. 126.96.36.199 23:00, 1 February 2012 (UTC)
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I removed this as it contained a definition in the etymology and was unformatted, but in case there's some truth in it I'm posting it here:
- Kitty bar the door" means take precautions; there's trouble ahead. There is good reason to believe that the expression came from an incident involving Catherine Douglas, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Joan, wife of James I, King of Scots. ("Kitty" is a nickname for Catherine.)
- In 1437, James was under attack in the Dominican Monastery in Perth. He took refuge in a room whose door was missing its locking bar. Desperate to save him, Catherine Douglas replaced the missing bar with her arm. Her arm was broken and the mob burst through the door; they found and murdered the King.