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by-talk

[cf. OED by-talk 1. small talk; 2. obs. → 1579 by-word, pet phrase] n. 1. a piece of information by hearsay: I didn't see it myself. This is just a by-talk (Mayag.)

2. a favorite phrase: 1966 "Aye John Brown" is a by-talk Joshua coulda never do without (Crowley 139).

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Last update: 2010-09-18 15:51
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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