"comb-overed" (a cad, of course)

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Aug 15 00:51:37 UTC 2012

 From a review by Catherine Rampell in the NYTimes today of the play
"Getting the Business":

"It helps that her new boss, Bert, is the type of comb-overed cad who
likes to give unsolicited career advice while massaging your feet."

8,570 Ghits for "comb-overed", vs. some unknown number for a quoted
"combed-over" since that also finds the simple past tense "combed
over".  No instances in the OED of either past-participlean
adjectival form, just the noun phrase (and without the verb "to
comb-over" either).

I would have constructed "combed-over cad", but what do I know?


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