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Victorian Slang of the Week–check

check: to cash in ones checks. 1) to quit, originally part of gambling language, 1863. 2) to die. 1864 There are many references to this. “Arnold had to wait until Uncle Joe cashed in his checks before he could spend his inheritance.”

Interestingly, the subsequent “to check out” was not used until the 20th century.

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1 Comment

  1. Interesting, Denise. I hadn’t realized that originally the phrase was much longer. Thanks.

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