Pound Sand

Contents: Meaning | Origin | Spread

Meaning


What does Pound Sand mean?

To pound sand is to engage in a futile, meaningless activity, with no real end results.

The expression is used to send someone away, to perform a task that will keep them occupied.
It is mostly rude to send someone away to “pound sand” as it conveys feelings of irritation from the speaker.

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Origin


What's the origin of Pound Sand?

Originally, the phrase was part of a longer idiom; “To have enough sense not to pound sand down a rat hole.”

This expression reflects on the uselessness and stupidity of the act of pouring sand into a hole, filled with tiny rodents who are famous for their mobility.
“Pounding sand” was used as far back as 1912, but the idiom is most likely retaining a longer history in its use.

It is mostly encountered in the Midwest United States.

Spread and Usage


How did Pound Sand spread?

“Pounding sand” today is more of a regional expression in the decline, only remembered by a fragment of the people, who used it during history.

Urban Dictionary has a number of entries on the subject, the earliest one dating back to 2003.

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