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cipher

/sáyfa/ [cf. Krio sayfa an insignificant or useless person KED; cf. also Krio, Guy. sayfa think (Hancock 1969: 42); cf. OED, a person who fills a place, but is of no importance or worth; Scots cypherman a loafer CSD; DAUL cipher (Hobo) a panhandler who can beg only contemptibly paltry sums; US dial. South cipher to scheme, manipulate, as in negotiating a trade ADD] v. to loiter at mealtime at someone's house in hopes of being invited to eat: He always over here ciphering (Eleu.). cf. WATCH

Tags: food, verb

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Last update: 2012-01-10 12:23
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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