One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Designating a person or group of people who encourage others to accept Christianity; of, relating to, or typical of such a person or group. Usually with disparaging implication: insincerely pious, hypocritical.
2Designating clothing worn by or associated with a preacher or minister; (also) designating clothing resembling this in style; as come-to-Jesus coat, come-to-Jesus collar. Now historical or archaic.
3Of a meeting, discussion, encounter, etc.: that results or is intended to result in a significant shift in the current way of thinking about or doing something; involving or characterized by facing unpleasant facts and the making of important, difficult decisions.
A meeting, discussion, etc., intended to settle a dispute or resolve a situation; an intense argument, a showdown.
Late 19th century. From to come to Jesus.
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