Inevitably Sax Rohmer was a regular target. When the show became a national institution, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan liked to josh each other in telegrams and letters written in character. Secombe to Milligan, 11 March 1957: ‘I see that Sax has reared his ugly head stop remember all men eat but few men chu stop’
rear its head
rear its (ugly) head
to become a problem that has to be dealt with It was in the 1970s that the problem of violent soccer fans first rearedits head in Britain.
See also: head, rear
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