dave beck


Dave, 1894–1993, U.S. labor leader: president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters 1952–57.
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beck1 (bɛk)
1.  a nod, wave, or other gesture or signal
2.  at someone's beck and call ready to obey someone's orders instantly; subject to someone's slightest whim
[C14: short for becnen to beckon]

beck2 (bɛk)
(in N England) a stream, esp a swiftly flowing one
[Old English becc, from Old Norse bekkr; related to Old English bece, Old Saxon beki, Old High German bah brook, Sanskrit bhanga wave]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "mute signal," from bekken (v.), var. of becnan "to beckon" (see beckon). Transferred sense of "slightest indication of will" is from late 15c.
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