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bruggadum-bram or -brum or -bam [Atlantic; cf. bragada(p), brigidi(m)-b(r)am(s) idem in WE, KED; "cf. Twi bìrim-(-birim) suddenly; plump!" DJE; cf. also Haitian briganday idem TDKF] intj. imitating the sound of banging and clanking: 1936 Putty soon [hear sump'n like wen d' dredger anchor broke loose, briggidum-bram —all kind o' iron an' chain an' ting cummin' upstairs (Dupuch 55). (Black)

—n. a domestic fight "with the throwing of pots, pans, and fish": They had a big briggidum-bam last night (Exuma).

Tags: interjection, noun, onomatopoeia

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Last update: 2011-06-02 01:14
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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