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Quite simply — who coined the phrase "to coin a phrase"?

I'm sure it wasn't one person, but it's the origin that is of interest.

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closed as general reference by Matt Эллен, J.R., Mitch, kiamlaluno, Mark Beadles May 18 '12 at 13:58

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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@mgb That doesn't say who. –  Kris May 15 '12 at 15:22
    
@Kris - I think the closest we're going to get to an answer is in the link provided, i.e. minters. –  Matt Эллен May 15 '12 at 15:37
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etymonline.com shows "to coin a phrase" as late 16th Cent. Whether it's C15 or C16, it's undoubtedly old and the exact originator is unlikely to be found. –  Andrew Leach May 15 '12 at 16:08
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