Misfit; "Chawing his ear"

jester at PANIX.COM jester at PANIX.COM
Tue Jun 20 19:56:49 UTC 2000

>    "CHAWING HIS EAR" is the caption beneath the illustration in the CHICAGO
> TRIBUNE, 6 September 1885, pg. 8, col. 1.  I didn't find the expression in
> the online OED.

No, but it's a big antedating of HDAS (1919-).

Jesse Sheidlower

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