"bring her to Limerick" 1862 and Limericks

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Tue Jan 20 00:19:37 UTC 2009

Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> ...

> "Come up to Limerick" was an (?Irish-)American expression, dated to 1861,
> meaning "pay up," "give up," "face the music," "do what is demanded,"
> "surrender," or the like.

Related to the word "comeuppance"?

-- Doug Wilson

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