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Some examples that have caught my attention:

- "Going to the bat"

The sergeant major of each Tercio de Flanders, the elite unit of the Habsburg armies in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, directed the bars of his men by moving a large club, a kind of antecedent of the orchestra baton that received the explicit name of a club. When a running column made a prolonged halt, the sergeant major was on the ground the lower end of his distinctive club to symbolize the stop. The arrested soldiers were supposed to remain seated around the baton the sergeant had nailed at first. That was tantamount to "sending someone to the club", as a synonym for arresting him.

- "Putting a cock in Flanders"

Synonymous with something extremely difficult or costly, referring to the expenses and efforts involved in sending the Thirds. Cervantes used a number of similar expressions in Don Quixote: the character of Sancho Panza states that "if I see another devil and hear another horn like the past, so I will wait here as in Flanders," which is to say anywhere. / p>

- "Do not give a stick to the water"

It means to be a bum and comes from the sea world, where "stick" is understood by rowing. In this way, the more lazy rowers used the paddles to beat the water, that is, they only pretended to push the paddles.

- "You can see the duster" / h2>

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When someone sees your true intentions or thoughts. In the nineteenth century during the wars between absolutists and liberals, the latter created a unit known as National Militias in defense of the liberal regime that wore striking plumes in their morriones. After being dissolved in 1820 by the absolutists began to be used to point out the hidden liberals.

It comes from obstacles made with sharp stakes that were placed to prevent the advance of the enemy lines. The infantry used these obstacles to stop the cavalry.

- "I do not give a damn"

The fife or the "whistle" boy who played such an instrument in the army. His pay was very low. So when we use the expression "I care a whistle" we give to understand that we give very little value to the subject.

- "Get into eleven sticks"

Trying to do something too complicated for us. The shirt or curtain is the medieval denomination of a wall canvas, space between two towers. And the rods were a unit of measurement so eleven rods are about ten meters, which implied a wall too high to be taken.

- < He alludes to the battle that took place on the day of San Lorenzo, August 10, 1557, won by the Spanish arms of Philip II on the French, and in which the Tercios were led by Manuel Filiberto, Duke of Savoy - "Accounts of the Great Captain"

Alludes to the much discussed millionaire accounts that Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, the Great Captain, presented to the Catholic Monarchs after having conquered for them the kingdom of Naples in 1504. It refers to meticulousness when it comes to setting out the details of an issue.