Why Do We Say Someone Has 'Walked Over Our Grave'?

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Mystery Hour Question

When we shiver, why do we say that someone has walked over our grave?
Dave, Molesey

Answer

Name: Robbie, Croydon
Qualification:
Heard it on TV and read it in books

Answer: When the prisoners were taken out of Newgate Prison to be hanged, they had to walk over their own burial sites en route to the gallows. Somewhere along the line, this became part of common parlance!

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