[Ads-l] turn on the old charm

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 9 17:31:28 UTC 2021

1934 _Boston Herald_ (Oct. 28) B3: Helen Hayes advises..."Don't be one of
those women who always seen [sic] to be bored, or who are ungracious to
others of their sex, and 'turns [sic] on the charm' only when men enter the

1936 _Daily Times_  [Chicago] (March 25) 5: He looks across the room and he
spots a cute little pigeon. He begins to coo and strut and turn on the old

No trace in OED.


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