"take a Dixie"

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 15 22:15:46 UTC 2010

One meaning of "took a dixie" in 1997 is "took a fall (from a horse or pony)".

Cite: 1997, Victory Ride: Volume 8 of Short Stirrup Club by Allison
Estes, Pocket Books. (Google Books snippet view, Data may be

Page 31
 "Well, you took a big dixie, didn't you?" Perry pointed at Amanda,
still enjoying the episode.

Page 32
 "What is a 'dixie'?" Amanda said disdainfully, as if the word somehow
tasted bad.
 "What's a dixie?" Perry began laughing all over again. "It's when you
fall. You fell right down off ...

Page 100
 "Well. Just look who took a 'dixie,' Amanda said with a smug smile.
It wasn't very nice, but nobody could blame Amanda, after the way
Perry had ...


This agrees in part with what Larry Horn found at WikiAnswers.

Google Answers has a question in 2003 that suggests two meanings:
"took a dixie" meaning a "fall" or "disappearance", as in "taking a powder"

Subject: Origin of expression
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: tgfoley-ga
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I believe the origin of the word "Dixie" is "dix" in French, referring to
a ten franc note in Louisiana, but I'm interested in the origin of the
expression "took a dixie" meaning a "fall" or "disappearance", as in
"taking a powder"


On Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 4:41 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> "I'll see you in a bit. I have to take a Dixie."
> Larry, you are a caution!
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