jack = 'quit; give up'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 12 11:35:22 UTC 2011

It's true that the "up" doesn't appear in the text.

But it's "understood," so as to make my suggested etymology work out right.


On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 12:25 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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> On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 12:35 PM, Jonathan Lighter
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>> When you "jack something up" you raise it "up."
>> When you throw something up, you do the same thing.
>> It's a kind of play on words.
> Sorry. I missed the "up" in the original. Even so, it's still a very
> deep pun. I couldn't "pull it out," as we used to say in the Security
> Agency, WRT understanding what was being said in an intercepted voice
> communication obscured by static and and such.
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