One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Used generally: tall grass or grass-like growth, which is tall enough, for example, to conceal animals.
2British (originally and chiefly Politics). "to kick (a person or thing) into the long grass" and variants: to put aside, defer; to sideline.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in William Dampier (1651–1715), buccaneer and explorer. From long + grass.
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