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Murphy

[mur-fee] /ˈmɜr fi/
noun
1.
Frank, 1890–1949, U.S. statesman and jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1940–49.
2.
Isaac, 1861–96, U.S. thoroughbred racehorse jockey.
3.
William Parry [par-ee] /ˈpær i/ (Show IPA), 1892–1987, U.S. physician: Nobel Prize in medicine 1934.
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British Dictionary definitions for w. parry murphy

murphy

/ˈmɜːfɪ/
noun (pl) -phies
1.
a dialect or informal word for potato
Word Origin
C19: from the common Irish surname Murphy

Murphy

/ˈmɜːfɪ/
noun
1.
Alex. born 1939, English rugby league player and coach; scored 16 tries in 27 test matches for Great Britain (1958–71)
2.
Eddie, full name Edward Regan Murphy. born 1951, US film actor and comedian. His films include 48 Hours (1982), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Coming to America (1988), Dr Dolittle (1998), and, as a voice artist, the Shrek series of animated films (2001–10)
3.
William Parry. 1892–1987, US physician: with G. R. Minot, he discovered the liver treatment for anaemia and they shared, with G. H. Whipple, the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 1934
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Word Origin and History for w. parry murphy
Murphy
Gael. Murchadh "sea-warrior." The Celtic "sea" element is also in names Muriel (q.v.), Murdoch (O.Ir. Muireadhach, O.Welsh Mordoc "mariner"), etc. Murphy bed (1925) is named for U.S. inventor William Lawrence Murphy (1876-1959).
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w. parry murphy in Medicine

Murphy Mur·phy (mûr'fē), William Parry. 1892-1987.

American physician. He shared a 1934 Nobel Prize for discovering that a diet of liver relieves anemia.

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Slang definitions & phrases for w. parry murphy

murphy

noun
  1. A potato (1811+)
  2. A confidence game in which the victim is left with a sealed envelope supposed to contain something valuable, but in fact filled with blank paper (1960s+ Underworld)
  3. wedgie (1980s+ Students)
verb

: Mayor Smitherman was ''murpheyed'' by the Negro confidence man


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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