"in like Flynn"(Phrase Origins)
This phrase's first meaning was "in favour, assured of success, in an enviable position". Some writers allege that it originated in allusion to Edward Joseph "Boss" Flynn (1892-1953), a campaign manager for the U.S. Democratic party during Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency. Flynn's machine was so successful at winning elections that his candidates seemed to be in office automatically. But the phrase was popularized with reference to Australian-born Hollywood actor Errol Flynn (1909-59), whose amorous exploits gave it a second meaning: "being a quick seducer". The earliest citation we have seen does refer to Errol Flynn (but not to seduction): "_In like Flynn._ Everything is O.K. In other words, the pilot is having no more trouble than Errol Flynn has in his cinematic feats." (1945 in _American Speech_ Dec. 1946, 310) The phrase "In Like Flint" has also been heard: it was the title of a 1967 movie, a sequel to "Our Man Flint" (1965). Both films were spy spoofs starring James Coburn. The 1967 title was, of course, wordplay on "in like Flynn" and the character name "Flint".
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