A-little-from-column-a-a-little-from-column-b meaning

(idiomatic, informal) A combination of two factors or reasons.
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Origin of a-little-from-column-a-a-little-from-column-b

  • Typical (stereotypical) "American Chinese" restaurant menus of the mid-twentieth century presented food selections for combination entrees in a table with columns labeled "A" and "B". The customer was then advised, for example, to "Choose one from Column A and one from Column B."

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