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Victorian Slang of the Week


Volume 1, A-G, J.E.Lighter Editor


block—1) run the block, run the blockade, 1863.  The term seems to have originated during the Civil War in reference to the

blockade the Union imposed upon the Confederate states.

           2) blockade whiskey—illegal whiskey, from the Civil War, when whiskey was obtained illegally for the confederates by running the blockade

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