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Legal Phrase Origins (with jokes): Don’t make a federal case out of it!


Did you every wonder where the phrase, “make a federal case out of it” came from?  How about “hue and cry?” Or, “piercing the corporate veil?”

You can find these phrases and many more in the new book “Lawtalk: the unknown stories behind familiar legal expressions,” by James E. Clapp, Elizabeth G. Thornburg, Marc Galanter, and Fred R. Shapiro.

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