Have you ever been told to "pipe down"? I heard that from my Mother when I was a young man. Now, I wonder how it got to mean "be quiet". Well, actually it came from the sailing ships and the Navy. They used a whistle that could produce different tones to give orders (signals) to the crew and one such signal was to hit the bunks (or hammocks) and be quiet and go to sleep. I believe they still use it today, although I don't know for sure. If any of you do know for sure, please give me a "cut and dried" explanation.
Speaking of "cut and dried", where do you think that pharse originated? Well, it came from the sixteenth century when physicians preferred dispensing herbs that were already "cut and dried". Why? Because, dried herbs are both more concentrated and more uniform in strength.
Now don't get mad at me and "read the riot act". OK, where did "read the riot act" phrase come from? It got started back in 1716 when King George 1 of England started it. It was a law that made it illegal for twelve or more people to congregate together and "disturb the peace." OK, now you know the origans of a few common phases, so go ahead and have a great day, you hear?