I came across a lot of German idioms that are based on Wurst as key word to express different meaning, such as:

Es geht um die Wurst! (means: „now or never“ )

I know that Wurst are very popular in Germany and part of it's identity, therefor I'm really excited to know why do the Germans use the word “Wurst” in this context?

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    "Now or never" würde ich nicht voll bejahen. Morgen kann es schon wieder um die Wurst gehen. Es geht um eine Entscheidung und um eine Belohnung, einen Gewinn. Feb 9, 2017 at 1:09
  • In French it would be "Maintenant tout se joue"
    – user36104
    Jan 31, 2019 at 10:25

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  • Where does the idiom come from?

According to this post (sprichwoerter-redewendungen.de), you were rewarded with a sausage at old traditional events! The people used to play games like on a fair I can imagine.

  • Why „Wurst“?

Poor peasants were happy about sausages because they couldn't get the chance to eat meat that often. Meat still often has a special meaning to many Germans and they are thankful. (they should be!)

  • Today

Anyways, I'm sure the real reason why this idiom is still important today is because it just sounds funny. You wouldn't say that in a serious conversation, that would be out of place.

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