in like flynn

in like flynn

etymology break! i was looking for synonyms for success when i ran across the etymology of “in like flynn”.


in like Flynn

This phrase, meaning “assured of success,” first became widespread during World War II as an allusion to the actor Errol Flynn’s legendary prowess in seducing women. (In 1942, Flynn was prosecuted for the statutory rape of two teenage girls—and was acquitted.) Today the phrase has generally lost any sexual connotation.


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