Who first "made it sing"?
January 27, 2014 10:12 PM Subscribe
What is the origin of "making it sing," as in to cause something to be at its best, be it an instrument, weapon, machine, or anything else?
posted by BlackLeotardFront to Writing & Language (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I was interested in including the origin of the phrase "make it sing" and its variations ("he really made that thing sing" or "if you tighten that up, it'll really sing,") in an article, but I am surprised to find that the phrase is apparently not as common as I thought, or perhaps not a phrase at all -- there is very little in the way of he/she/it "making it sing" in the usual spots for phrases and etymologies. Anyone have a clue?