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Hello, Amy. In the song of Cher “just like Jessie James”, there is a line: “You think you’ll knock me off my feet ‘til I’m flat on the floor ‘Til my heart is cryin’ Indian and I’m beggin’ for more…”. I would like to ask about the phrase crying Indian>

1- as far as I know it means “to beg for mercy”, is that right?

2- what is the origin of this phrase? What does “indian” stand here for? Is “indian” in the meaning of “from India” or in the meaning of “related to native americans”?

3-what is “cry Indian” considered in English? Is this an idiom, a slang, a collocation or what?

4- is “cry Indian” common in casual speech? When is it mainly used?


07:43 PM Jul 12 2012 |

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Teacher AmySuper Member!

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Hi! To be honest, I have not heard this expression outside of the song you mention. I asked several friends and none of them had heard of it either! It is not a common expression. However, I would guess that it refers to a Native American, not someone from India. The definition you suggest makes sense within the context of the song.


05:02 PM Jul 15 2012 |