[Ads-l] "beat-up", noun, evidently meaning hoax or conspiracy

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sat Aug 7 16:17:07 UTC 2021

This is from a story by Katharine Murphy originating in Australia, in
the Guardian
website, dated Friday, August 6.
Checking the internet for this sense seems hopeless, since it is hidden
among the multitude of occurrences of the more common senses -- if it's
there at all.

Interesting to see that our antipodean cousins are regaled with the same
malarky as we are.


Politicians report they are copping it from both sides – from constituents
who support the public health response, but fear the government has
buggered up the vaccination rollout.  MPs are also copping it from
constituents who think the pandemic is a beat-up or a conspiracy of some
kind, and from their traditional supporters who think centre-right
governments should not be shuttering businesses and spending like there is
no tomorrow.

George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.

But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
your lowly tomb. . .
L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112

The Trump of Doom -- also known as The Dunghill Toadstool.  (Here's a
picture of his great-grandfather.)

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