Immediate Constituent (kadzeno) wrote in linguaphiles,
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grow hair on a cross-cut saw

Dear Everybody,

Would you please give me the synonymous expression or periphrasis of  the idiom 'to grow hair on a cross-cut saw'? May be you happen to know the etymology?
I guess that it refers to the extremely fertile soil like in "Mississippi delta bottom land will, for the most part, grow hair on a cross-cut saw." or "The land was rich, black, and fertile. Papa said it would grow hair on a crosscut saw."

Thank you all in advance!

Sincerely,
Alexandra
Tags: american english, etymology, idioms
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