The ninth was always a good looking regiment of footguards so could this be the origin of the phrase? What about 'at sixes and sevens'? 'Robbing Peter to pay Paul'? Tony’s talk will reveal all.
The UK is an island race and we have been invaded many times by our European neighbours but not for a couple of centuries. When Johnny Foreigner came a calling, he left some of his language behind and because of our military and maritime traditions much of what we say now in everyday speech comes from bygone days of full sail and gunpowder. So ... 'Shake a leg', 'Pull your finger out' and book this talk by Tony. You’ll be 'as happy as a sandboy' that you did.
What on earth has this got to do with Greek mythology and a centaur who couldn’t reach his hind flanks? Tony will tell you and you’ll learn why thrusting your hand through a hole in a cathedral door may not be a good idea. Go on ... 'Chance your arm'!