"stove up" (1864)

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Tue Jun 1 03:13:40 UTC 2004

"Stove" is the past participle of "stave", I believe. "Stave" is more or
less "smash" or perhaps "beat", so "stove up" is like "beat[en] up".


_Morning Oregonian_ (Portland OR), 8 Jan. 1864: p. 2(?), col. 1:

<<We are gone in, stove up, smashed, played out, used up, catawampused --
in fact, whipped.>>


-- Doug Wilson

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