Little kids love to climb trees and sit on limbs. Their imaginations enlarge as they find themselves in all kind of fanciful places when they play. Perhaps they see themselves as sitting on a throne in a grand palace or on top of a great mountain where they can view the entire world. Kids with a tree house think they’re really living!
With all the enthusiasm for limb-sitting, where did the negative aspect of the expression “go out on a limb” originate? Credit is given to the Steubenville Daily Herald, for carrying this expression for the first time in print, October 1895:
“We can carry the legislature like hanging out a washing. The heft