Antedating of "odd man out" 1873

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Thu Jan 29 01:47:31 UTC 2004

M-W has 1923.  OED 1889.

Using newspaperarchive,

4 Jan. 1873.  Placerville(CA) Mountain Democrat.  1/6.
(In a riddle similar to today's Bellboy/$25/ who got the missing $2- email)

  <<Thus the twelfth man got his bed.  Of course, there is a hole in the saucepan somewhere; but we leave the reader to determine where the fallacy is, with just a warning to think twice before deciding as to which, if any of the travelers was the odd man out.>>

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