Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Wed Mar 21 01:15:45 UTC 2001

M-W Third Intl. shows "graft" = "work" ("British"). RH shows it ("British

Partridge shows "graft" = "work" as colloquial from ca. 1870.

This seems to be from "graft" = "dig", < "graff" < "grave", pretty much
obsolete now except in the "engrave" sense.

OED shows "graft" = "work" (slang) from 1878.

Several current examples were found by Google search for <<grafter
political .uk>>.

-- Doug Wilson

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