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History Broken Down

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ned5049, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. ned5049
    Joined: May 9, 2009
    Posts: 400


    Anybody know how the phrase 'broken down' started? I've heard that if a horse drawn wagon's wooden spoke wheel broke some spokes that the wagon would drop down and be immobile thereby being 'broken and down'. Could be.
  2. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,390

    from Oregon

    Could be . I always heard the expression “a broken down mule “ . Maybe too old to do anymore work.

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