from the notion that a smart athlete would not play such a grueling position
1939, in the meaning defined above
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tools of ignorance
tools of the/one's trade
“Tools of ignorance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tools%20of%20ignorance. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.
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