slight antedating of "crib" = to grumble

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Sep 22 18:09:35 UTC 2007

OED has 1925.

  1921 Ardern Beaman _The Squadroon_ (London: John Lane) 105 [ref. to 1918]: Bill...was given neither to optimism nor to cribbing.

  Beaman's service in a cavalry squadron strenghthens the OED's connection of this to the equine sense.


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