How do you like them apples
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The phrase is thought to have originated in World War I, with the "Toffee Apple" trench mortar used by British troops. These mortars were later rendered obsolete by the Stokes mortar, which used a more modern bullet-shaped shell.
Use in popular culture
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- In the John Wayne film Rio Bravo, a character launches a "toffee apple" mortar at the enemy, saying the line.
- In the 1970 film MASH, said during the football game.
- In the film Chinatown, said by Jack Nicholson's character.
- Used in a scene from the film From Dusk Till Dawn, said by the character Seth Gecko to his brother Richie Gecko.
- Used in a scene from Good Will Hunting, where Will taunts a Harvard graduate student after he insults him and his friends.
- In the film Gangs of New York, said by Butcher to Amsterdam.