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Victorian Slang of the Week


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


blow in—1) spend freely or squander often in celebration or losing in gambling, 1880.  Here’s the reference from the dictionary, which is far better than anything I could come up with: “N.O Lantern (Oct 20) When Davis has a dollar he’s dead bent on blowing it all in.”  This feels to me like the precursor for blow it.

             2) to arrive, 1882.  “He blew in off the range”


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