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simon-pure

[sahy-muh n-pyoo r] /ˈsaɪ mənˈpyʊər/
adjective
1.
real; genuine:
a simon-pure accent.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; short for the real Simon Pure, alluding to the victim of impersonation in Susanna Centlivre's play A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1718)
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simon-pure

adjective
1.
real; genuine; authentic
Word Origin
C19: from the phrase the real Simon Pure, name of a character in the play A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1717) by Susannah Centlivre (1669–1723) who is impersonated by another character in some scenes
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Word Origin and History for simonpure

simon-pure

adj.

1815, from the true Simon Pure "the genuine person or thing" (1795), from Simon Pure, name of a Quaker who is impersonated by another character (Colonel Feignwell) in part of the comedy "A Bold Stroke for a Wife" (1717) by Susannah Centlivre, English dramatist and actress. The real Simon Pure is dealt with as an imposter in the play and is believed only after he has proved his identity.

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Slang definitions & phrases for simonpure

sign up

verb phrase

To join; enroll; enlist: They signed up for a course in hands-on interpersonal relations (1903+)

[1895+; origin unknown; found in form sambolio by 1886]


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