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wild horses couldn't drag me

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Nothing could induce or persuade me, as in Wild horses couldn't drag me to that nightclub. This idiom, always in negative form, is believed to have replaced wild horses couldn't draw it from me, referring to the medieval torture of using horses to stretch a prisoner and thereby force a confession. [First half of 1800s]

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“Evoke” and “invoke” both derive from the same Latin root “vocāre.”

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