In drag = disguised

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Wed Jan 20 10:17:02 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 12:15:03AM -0800, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
> In a discussion about the computer language VBA, I found this:
> Date variables are really Doubles in drag.
> (
> Both date variables and doubles are data types.
> Interesting extension.

HDAS has an example of figurative _drag_ 'disguise' from 1966,
in _Time_. There's a 1959 example (from OED) as well, but
there referring to an actual physical disguise, so perhaps
less of an extension.

Jesse Sheidlower

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