"Skunk at a/the garden party" (1928)

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SKUNK + GARDEN PARTY--29,900 Google hits
I've heard "skunk at the garden party" about three times this week. I must
have been watching too many New York Knicks games. (They play at Madison Square
 Garden, have the highest payroll in league history, and the worst record in
the  league.)
Does the OED "skunk" revision have it?
MACK LAMBETH. Chicago Daily Tribune  (1872-1963). Chicago, Ill.: Apr 26,
1950. p. 18 (1 page)
My senator suggested I apply at the local rent office for an increase in
rent. I advised him that I had no time to waste in an office where a tax paying
landlord was about as welcome as a skunk at a garden party.
_FEPC;  It's The Nightmare Of Politicians It's The Dream Of Liberals It's The
Hope Of  Minority Workers After 12 Years, No Closer To Passage _
ETHEL L. PAYNE Defender Washington Correspondent. The Chicago Defender
(National edition) (1921-1967). Chicago,  Ill.: Aug 7, 1954. p. 12 (1 page)
It was about as popular as a skunk at a garden party.
_California  Tangle Bodes Ill for GOP_
By Marquis Childs.  The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959).
Washington, D.C.: Oct 24, 1958. p. A16 (1 page)
This California campaign is surely one of the weirdest in American  political
history. It finds the Republicans bewitched, bewildered and beguiled,  while
the Democrats, who have long been the skunk at the garden party in
California, are anticipating a thumping victory that may extend from top to  bottom.
_The  Skunk at the Garden Party_
By William Safire.  New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Sep
8, 1977. p. 27 (1 page)
     _Helena  Independent, The_
(http://www.newspaperarchive.com/Viewer.aspx?img=wSCs6S0EhDCKID/6NLMW2gZjQK/d31Cv2iSSakhqspysIwra5yXi4A==)  _Thursday,
September 20, 1928_
(http://www.newspaperarchive.com/Search.aspx?Search="skunk+at+a+garden+party"+AND+date:1928-09-20)  _Helena,_
9+AND+range:1759-1930)   _Montana_
...... she fits  About As well As A little SKUNK  AT A gArden pArty. No- body hAd
much use for me, ... ..
     _Lethbridge Herald, The_
(http://www.newspaperarchive.com/Viewer.aspx?img=NuHyyu1GcYSKID/6NLMW2iY5EKdGk0kwYIc2wjFBttNqsC6fUmwfvw==)  _Thursday,
August 16, 1945_
(http://www.newspaperarchive.com/Search.aspx?Search="skunk+at+the+garden+party"+AND+date:1945-08-16)  _Lethbridge,_ (htt
d:4+AND+range:1759-1956)   _Alberta_
...THEy  know THEy will become about as popular as THE proverbial  SKUNK AT THE

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