"send s.o. over"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Apr 20 16:29:44 UTC 2008

Thanks, Ben. I've cancelled my order.


Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU> wrote:
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On Sun, Apr 20, 2008 at 10:44 AM, Jonathan Lighter
> It meant "to send to prison." Partridge cites an 1860 British ex. (unfortunately w/o the
> quotation or page no.) from "Charles Martel _The Detective's Note-Book_ (London:
> Ward and Lock).
> I've ordered Martel on ILL.

Google Book Search has it in full view...


But I don't think this is the relevant sense:

"Will you send him over to me?" said the greengrocer.
"Certainly. Perhaps you may do a little business together."
"Not unlikely. Send him over."
(p. 304)

--Ben Zimmer

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