"close enough for government work" 1965

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Apr 27 19:12:45 UTC 2008

I first heard this in 1973.  The earliest I've found it in print is

  1968 Fred MacKenzie The Men of Bastogne (N.Y.: David McKay) 189 [ref. to 1944] : [Lieut. Col.] Harry Kinnard quipped, "That's close enough for government work."


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