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/sawn/ [Trin. idem (Winer p.c.); cf. OED nautical to investigate the depth of water with the line and lead; surgical to investigate with a probe obs.; probably influenced by the sound of a heartbeat] v.t. to examine with a stethoscope: 1963 Ain' you gonna sound her? (Cottman 105). 1978 In many cases the real purpose of visiting a doctor is to "get soun" (have a stethoscopic examination), for to these folk the stethoscope is almost a magical instrument with strange curative powers (Higgs 2). (Black)

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Last update: 2011-10-26 16:56
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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