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to make oneself (or somebody else) feel less irritated or offended
Lacon was no fool, and the Cousin's wrath just when everyone was trying to smooth their feathers was a thing to be avoided at any cost.
John le Carré: The Honourable Schoolboy.CORONET BOOKS, Hodder & Stoughton, 2000. p. 63.
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v. to study hard. (See: Cassell's Dictionary of Slang).
- Going over next week to stew? You know that red Carlisle girl, Lily?
- Yes.(James Joyce:Ulysses,PICADOR,1998, p.23)
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(infml, originally NY slang): make sb. feeble, weak or demoralized
“Talk quickly – those fellows are clubbing the stuffing out of Union Pacific.”
O’Henry: 100 Selected Stories, Wordsworth Classics, 199, p.74.
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adj.1920 (Anglo-Irish) 1 drunk. 2 rotten, e.g. rotto with money (cf. LOUSY adj.; STINKING adj.)
- Spooning with him last night on the pier. The father is rotto with money.
- Is she up the pole?
(James Joyce:Ulysses,PICADOR,1998, p.23)
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adj (dated Br inf) peculiar; odd: He's a rum character (Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (OALD).
Rum how he'd had a feeling it was coming, all the same, he thought, still staring into the blurred plain. (John le Carré: The Honurable Schoolboy, Coronet Books, 2000, p.55).
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Puff: sl. n. (early-mid-19C) wind, breath. 2 (1920s+) life, esp. As in my puff, on my puff. (SE pff, to discharge a puff of air).
You never saw the like of it in all your born puff.
James Joyce, Ulysses, PICADOR, 1998, p. 329.
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Jacky Tar / jack tar: n. 1 (late 18C+) a sailor.
They believe in rod, ... and Jacky Tar, the son of a gun, who was conceived of unholy boast, born of the fighting navy ... (James Joyce: Ulysses, PICADOR, 1997, p. 314).
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