Query: 1910 "squeeze my bit"

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Fri Feb 24 14:55:06 UTC 2006

JL wrote:
Jim beat me to it.The phrase seems to mean, "don't try to be stingy with my
salary." "Bit" usually means "share of loot," but it could serve
"poetically" for "money."

Not just politically, but drawing on "two bits".

-- Mark A. Mandel, Linguistic Data Consortium
   University of Pennsylvania
   [This text prepared with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.]

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