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Where did the saying 'Silver Fox' originate from?
- when referring to a gentlemans grey hair.

It obviously sounds nicer than grey and could even be interpreted as a compliment, but where did it come from and why not say silver dog, or cat? etc etc.
asked in history, sayings

OneFootInTheGame answers:

Perhaps, from the silver fox (Vulpes fulva), red fox of North America in that colour phase when the fur is black with interspersed silver-tipped hairs.

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seacommander answers:

This source refers to attractive well dressed men as being called a 'fox' and I would suggest that such men of a certain hair colour might be appropriately called a 'silver fox'. However, hair colour might not even come into it since a similar expression for mature internet users 'Silver surfers' is generally just taken to allude to age rather than hair colour.


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