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By Eric Partridge

ISBN-10: 0203379985

ISBN-13: 9780203379981

ISBN-10: 0415065682

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The definitive paintings on slang and unconventional English, this version is totally revised and up to date by way of Paul Beale and comprises a few 500 new entries. The dictionary provides a completely documented account of English slang over 4 centuries and should entertain and tell all fans of the English language.

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Ex the tiny figures cut on agate seals. -age . A beatnik suffix, as in dressage (clothes)— understandage (understanding)— workage (employment): since ca. 1959. 19–20. ) See DCpp . age of miracles is past , the. A cynical cliché that, since ca. p. See DCpp . agen , agin (esp. the government). E. These are Southern forms of the † again, against. 20 sometimes used for deliberate, humorous, effect. agent , n. One in charge of the job; esp. :—1935. agent , v. : since ca. 1930. Lorac, Death before Dinner, 1942.

Admiralty clown . A Naval physical-training instructor: RN: since ca. 1945. Admiralty ham . 19–20. Bowen. Admiralty-made coffin . An A rmed Merchant C ruiser; collectively, such ships formed the Suicide Squadron: RN: WW2. Many were sunk during the first two or three years of WW2. ) admiration . Abbr. 20. mainly printers’, publishers’, authors’: rare. ado . See dead for ado; once for ado. adod ! Var. of adad! Adonee . :? ca. 1550–1890; B. , vaguely classifying as ‘old cant’. Ex the Hebrew. adonis .

20. mainly printers’, publishers’, authors’: rare. ado . See dead for ado; once for ado. adod ! Var. of adad! Adonee . :? ca. 1550–1890; B. , vaguely classifying as ‘old cant’. Ex the Hebrew. adonis . A kind of wig: ca. 1760–1800: coll. E. Cf. Adonis (1765+), a beau. OED. adonise . 17–19. Society s. that > Society j. adorable . Vachell, 1933, ‘a much debased word; a diabolical twin of “deavie”’: upper and upper-middle class: from ca. 1925. adore . 19–20; (mostly Society) coll. Ados (pron. Aydoss).

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