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1849 (as sparghetti, in Eliza Acton's "Modern Cookery"), from Italian spaghetti, plural of spaghetto "string, twine," diminutive of spago "cord," of uncertain origin. Spaghetti Western (one filmed in Italy) first attested 1969. Spaghetti strap is from 1972.
: George is a rookie, but he's got presence of mind, knowing that when they're in a ''spaghetti'' situation, when the receivers are in close, they're going to run crossing routes, like they scored on last week (1990s+ Football)noun
[the taboo sense is semantically similar to Yiddish luksh, ''an Italian,'' fr lukshen, ''noodle'']