Go soak your head

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Thu Nov 13 20:32:15 UTC 2008

Btw, is this "soak" in the sense "make completely wet" or in the sense "hit, strike"?
Gerald Cohen


From: George Thompson, Thu 11/13/2008 9:18 AM

It does not seem that the OED has an entry for this very useful expression.

        He came out at the Little Drury, as one of the Sequin Opera Corps, was pelted, hissed and hooted off the stage.  ***  He was told to go home and "soak his head," with which he complied. . . .  ***  He is now the editor of a small, very weakly paper.
        The Whip and Satirist of New York & Brooklyn, February 19, 1842, p. 3, col. 2


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