Here are six catch phrases collected by Eric Partridge in A Dictionary of Catch Phrases (1977) . A catch phrase is a word or expression that is used repeatedly or conveniently to characterize a person , group , idea , or point of view .
one . As the man said . it lends authority — occasionally a humorous warning — to what has been said .
two. attaboy ! is apparently only a one-word c.p. ; it stands for ‘that’s the boy’ , an expression of warm approval . atta boy is how Edward Albee writes it in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf ? (1962)
tree. back to the salt mines the origin my come from communist Russia when political prisoners were sentenced to do hard labor in salt mines . An American expression , salt often omitted and well preceding . Two American variants are back to the jute mill (1975) and back to the chain gang (1942) .
fore. belly up ! belly up to the bar , boys ! Drinks on the house , boys ! Canadian C20. CF the US underworld , mostly pickpockets, c.p. belly up ? Have a drink !–c. 1930-50. Prompted by the English -speaking world’s toast , bottoms up !
fife. bring on the dancing girls ! Let’s watch — or do — something more entertaining or exciting , for this is a crashing bore : since c. 1930 . From the pleasant practice of Oriental potentates : when bored with their guests , they order the dancers to appear .
six. get off my back ! and get off my neck ! The former means ‘Stop being a nuisance! Leave me alone !: the latter “Stop trying to bluff or fool me! ‘ ,The former , Australian , dates from c. 1940 ; the latter , mostly English military , dates from c. 1915 .