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  1. Origin. Even though the origin of the phrase is not known, this indicates that it has been used since well before the 1800s where the crossing of bridges was quite a literal thing with long travels being done either on foot or horseback.

  2. Origin. The phrase refers to the sweet, creamy toppings, called the icing, added to a cake to make it even better. It has been in use since the mid 1900s. The idiom can be used in both a positive and negative manner, depending on the intonation. Icing or frosting, has been around for hundreds of years.

  3. Elicitation definition, the act of drawing out or bringing forth emotions, opinions, facts, etc.: The first step in decision analysis is the elicitation of the decision-maker's preferences.

  4. Patronage definition, the financial support or business provided to a store, hotel, or the like, by customers, clients, or paying guests. See more.

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