"Ginned up"

Ray Ott Amcolph at AOL.COM
Wed Nov 15 14:34:06 UTC 2000

The root you want is the OF engin (engine, machine) rather than Geneva (gin,
distilled spirit).  In particular, a "gin" in the sense of an apparatus to
which horses or other draft animals are harnessed and made to walk around in
a circle doing useful work such as milling, grinding, etc., to which the
vernacular "ginned up" relates.

Ray Ott

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