a case ???

Jonathon Green slang at ABECEDARY.NET
Sat Mar 15 08:28:28 UTC 2008

George Thompson wrote:
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> I don't see a meaning for the word "case" in HDAS or Cassell's that fits this without some heavy wrenching and squeezing.  Here it is used to mean "a loss".
Point taken, but I would suggest that it is not that far from what I
offer in CDS II at 'case n.4 (1) [mid-19C) (US) a doomed person. Thus
the cite:

1845 W.T. Thompson _Chronicles of Pineville_ 150: Farewell, Peters - I’m
a case.

Presumably in both instances we are looking at 'a case of ... ' though I
admit to being puzzled by what exactly that might have been.


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