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old chap

noun, Chiefly British
(used in informal direct address).
Origin of old chap
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There you are, old chap, only got a hole in your gristly lip.

    Dick o' the Fens George Manville Fenn
  • I have in mind one old chap who used to herd the sheep on my uncle's farm.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • "You'll eat your Christmas dinner in London, old chap," he said.

    Trenching at Gallipoli John Gallishaw
  • From the first, Alfred says, the old chap's only repartee was, 'You wait and you'll see!'

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • But some of them, especially an old chap called Griffin, the foreman, didn't seem to mind it at all.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • "Hope I've not kept you waiting, old chap," said his lordship genially.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • “No, old chap,” cried North, slapping the sexton on the shoulder in a jocular way.

    The Man with a Shadow George Manville Fenn
  • You've got to convince the old chap on the bench or you won't get a verdict.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • The old chap is out of the running, to start with, so I must hunt up the others.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • I say, old chap, what would you have gained by overtaking the lady?

    Melomaniacs James Huneker

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