[Ads-l] dob (someone in), v.

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Mon Oct 31 20:22:17 EDT 2016


I don't have Macquarie, but looking at the senses Arnold quotes, there would
seem to be two lexical sources at play, one involving KICKING (3 and 6), and the
other REPORTING/NOMINATING (1, 2 and 5).

So do we have two words coming from different roots, or a single word developing
two (or more) distinct senses?

Robin

> 
>     On 31 October 2016 at 23:55 "Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU>
> wrote:
> 
>     <SNIP>
> 
>     my Macquarie says:
> 
>     v., dobbed, dobbing. Colloq. -v.t. 1. to betray, report (someone), as for
> a misdemeanour (fol. by in). 2. to nominate (someone absent) for an unpleasant
> task (fol. by in). 3 Football. to kick, usu. accurately, esp. in shooting for
> goal: he's dobbed another goal. 4. dob in, to contribute. 5. dob on, to inform
> against; betray. -v.i. 6. dob in, to contribute money to a common fund: we'll
> all dob in and buy him a present.
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