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ENGLISH EXPRESSIONS

 

Baby Needs A New Pair Of Shoes

"Baby needs a new pair of shoes." = "I need to make money."

Example:

John:     “This is a great casino!”

Mary:    “Yeah, what do you want to do first?”

John:     “How about the craps table?”

Mary:    “Great! Here, blow on my dice for good luck!

                   Baby needs a new pair of shoes!

Notes:

1.   This expression is often used for good luck while gambling.

2.   Media Reference #1: Journalist George Vecsey uses this expression in a 

May 7th, 1989 article for The New York Times, entitled "Sunday Silence Has

Been Through Worse," to describe horse racing: "Everybody was near the starting

gate when it was announced that Triple Buck needed a right front shoe. Hey, from

the beginning of time, bettors have implored horses to win because baby needs a

new pair of shoes."

(https://www.nytimes.com/1989/05/07/sports/sports-of-the-times-sunday-silence-has-been-through-worse.html

2.   Media Reference #2: Charlie Brown's 1972 song "Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes," from the album Up From Georgia, uses this expression as a refrain.

3.   Media Reference #3: Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes is the title of a 1974 blaxploitation film on organized crime's gambling industry.

4.   Media Reference #4: Rose McGowan's character of "Paige" uses this expression in season 5, episode 16 of the television series Charmed, "Lucky Charmed," to express her interest in winning more money: "Alright! Come on now! Baby needs a new pair of shoes, and by 'baby," I do mean me." (At 23 minutes and 19 seconds into the episode. Originally aired April 6th, 2003.)