"have got to" = will or must (1855)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Jul 6 03:03:19 UTC 2006

This is a ten-year antedating of OED, whose first exx.are from Lewis Carroll. The ex. is from N.Y.C., Barry!

  1855 _Knickerbocker_ XLVI (Dec.) 618:  All who go through the world pushing the big snow-ball of fortune before them have _got to_ find out, sooner or later, that a time will come when its size, _and nothing else_, will urgently call for a written description of _the roller_.


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