to "spit-shine"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 3 03:56:17 UTC 2007

Surely, this is way older in print than 1967! Or even 1958!

Look Out Below!: A Story of the Airborne by a Paratrooper Padre - Page 210
by Francis L. Sampson - _1958_ - 234 pages

Saint Michael seems to be expecting them, for he himself is wearing
the famed "jump
boots" with a "_spit shine_". ...

IAC, it's possible to "spit"-shine footwear using only shoe polish,
one's fingertips, and a little plain water. There's no need to be so
gross as to use actual spittle.


On 3/2/07, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
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> Amazingly not in OED, which lacks the noun as well:
>   1967 in Bill Frey _Letters from 'Nam_  (N.Y.: Warner Books, 1992) 23: You wouldn't recognize your spit-shined Paratrooper.
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