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setting up

[cf. Car. set-up idem DJE, Gul. sett'n up idem (Gonzales 1922:325), US Black sittin'- up (Smiley 1919:382); cf. OED sit up watch through the night + SET Sit] n. also attributive. 1. a wake for the dead, often with singing: 1918 going to play dead, and you must keep setting-up (Parsons 87). <Black>

 2. an all-night church service: 1895 This custom of coming together and singing all night is generally called the "settin'up"(Edwards 18). 1978 Wakes and "setting-up" meetings (Bethel 84). <Black>

Tags: attributive noun, noun

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Last update: 2011-08-17 17:06
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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