KnowYourPhrase.com - The Meanings and History For Popular Idioms and Phrases
Sheds are most often located somewhere in a person's backyard, and are used to store belongings. A common thing to find in sheds are tools of various kinds, some being sharp, others blunt.
This phrase looks to be a very recent one. The earliest I could find this expression in writing, for example, is from the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, July 1994, where it reads:
"Critics said that Cliburn was an intuitive artist, and that once his intuition was exhausted, he had little
else to say about a piece — which was a fancy way of saying that Cliburn wasn't the sharpest tool in
* When it comes to cooking, I'm not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, so I keep my meals basic most of the time. They still taste good, though!
* My orange cat is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but that's okay, he's still adorable!
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Moreover, quotes that contain a phrase may be taken from old newspapers, poems, or books that were written centuries ago. If I quote a book from 1650 because it uses an expression, that does not necessarily mean the expression originates from this book. It simply means the saying is at least that old.