newtboy says... That, AND I didn't know that it should have been 'toe' and not tow. That seems weird, but I do see that it's correct. 'Towing the line' (as in 'pulling along with you') seems more like what's meant by the phrase, but clearly is not the origin. Language is a capricious beast. nanrod said: Ya, I see it now. It was a little thin but given it was you I should have assumed another level of meaning.