"send s.o. over"

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Sun Apr 20 18:59:54 UTC 2008

on 4/20/08 1:10 PM, Joel S. Berson at Berson at ATT.NET wrote:

> At 4/20/2008 12:30 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>> Probably geographical, and I suspect the same for "send over."
> Over where?  I had concluded my previous understanding was incorrect,
> but if it's over the River Styx, ...
> Joel
>> Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
>> [Jon Lighter had wrote:]
>>> Cf. more frequent syn. "send up [the river]."
>> Is that version derivable from the geography of the Hudson River and
>> the location of Sing Sing (in Ossining, literally upriver from NYC),
>> or is that an etymythology?
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Perhaps "over" in the sense of control ( bind over, hand over) rather than
geographical (as in Moll Flanders & other convicts, over the Atlantic to

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