Definitions starting with O

ID #2776

own something to somebody

[cf. OED own to acknowledge something in its relation to oneself ...to confess to be valid (with simple obj. or reflexive obj. and complement)] v. phr. to confess something to somebody. She own to me she never bin over by grumma-dem (Andros). (Gen.) (Parsons 82). We couldn't find we scrubber, so we borry Con Nelly own (Andros). White people got good hair—most the black people = own bad (Nassau). My foot is bigger than his own (Nassau). Da's he-oon (Elm). Talking bout that's they-own? They know good and well that's we-own! (Nassau). (Black)

adv. [cf. ONE alone] alone: 1966 Rabby want all the butter him own, and don't want to gi' Booky none (Crowley 58). (Black)

Tags: adverb, verb, verb phrase

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Last update: 2012-10-25 23:24
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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