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A Dictionary of Euphemisms & Other Doubletalk by Hugh Rawson

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Such little freaks as taking the last chicken, the last pound of meal, the last bit of bacon . . from a poor woman and her flock of children, black or white not considered, came under the order of legitimate business" (Conyngham, Sherman's March Through the South, 1865). For other ways of downplaying theft, see HOOK, INTERPRET THE MOOD OF, INVENTORY LEAKAGE, LIBERATE, SALVAGE, SCIENTIFIC AND LITERARY INVESTIGATION, SWAGGING, a n d UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE. 19 Arab Arab. Strange as it may seem, an old euphemism for "Jew.

Begin's prepared text was devoted to what he termed anti-Semitic remarks in the Egyptian press, although Arabs, too, are Semites" (New York Times, 1/24/78). "Anti-Semitic" is preferred to "anti-Jewish" because "Jew" is a loaded word. See also ARAB and HEBREW. apprehend. To arrest, to nab, police-ese. appropriate. To steal. 8, "appropriate" may be further embellished to cover particular kinds of thefts by particular thieves, e. , bank tellers who misappropriate and nations that expropriate. The similarity between appropriating and stealing was noted in 1864 by a correspondent for the New York Herald, William Conyngham, while marching through Georgia with the Union army of Gen.

Alfred M. Worden: "When you are out there 200,000 miles from earth, if something goes wrong, you know that's the end of the ball game" (New York Times, 8/14/71). Life frequently is conceived of as a game (see GAME), SO it is only natural that death should often be euphemized in game-playing terms. Among the expressions available for dead or dying gamesters: cash in one's chips (or hand) drop the cue (billiards) go to the races is knocked out (or KO'd) jump the last hurdle out oj the game (or running) pass (or hand) in one's checks (or chips) pegged out (cribbage) race is run (or ran the good race) shujjled (clean) out of the deck struck out take the last (or long) count throw Jor a loss throw in the sponge throw sixes throw up the cards trumped.

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