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Enough for Coxey’s Army

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If you have enough for Coxey’s army, you have heaping helpings of it. The phrase goes back to the 1890s, when the United States was in the midst of an economic depression. Activist Jacob Coxey led a ragtag group of hungry protesters across the country with the intent to march on Washington, D.C. to demand government action. As they made their way toward the nation’s capital, they depended on the generosity of cities to feed them and offer temporary lodgings. To feed all these tired, ravenous marchers required copious amounts of food, hence the expression, sometimes later rendered as enough food to feed Cox’s army. This is part of a complete episode.

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