What is the origin of the expression: kick things into long grass? I hear of it in the context of political inaction.
to react to a difficult problem by doing something to make sure that people will forget about it rather than trying to solve it.
- The decision to kick the proposals into the long grass could come back to haunt all three party leaders. (Macmillan Dictionary)
The following source suggests that its origin is:
Kick it into the long grass" is golf-derived, essentially describing a form of cheating: a player whose ball lands in the rough so as to be unplayable without adding multiple strokes to the hole can cheat by kicking the ball out-of-bounds into the really long grass and take a one-stroke penalty for a lost ball. (www.idiomcenter.com)
Other sources suggest a different origin
Geldof claims it is an old Irish saying meaning that you've been round and about only not too visible- ~Where have you been? I've been lying in the long grass. Under the radar might be an approximation. Lazing with intent. (boomtownrats.activeboard)
Is there evidence of a more precise origin of the above saying?