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: Play the tune and cut a wax of it

  1. To defeat; outdo; beat, clobber, zap (1884+)
  2. To assault and maul; injure or kill: I've always got a few bucks to wax Red Gs (1884+)
  3. (also put on wax) To make a phonograph recording; record: Louis Armstrong waxed ''Beale Street Blues''/ put the Stone Age stuff of jazz on wax (1920s+ Jazz musicians)
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the whole ball of wax

[the origin of the violent senses is unknown; perhaps semantically analogous with polish off, referring to wax as a polish; recording senses fr the material used, as vinyl was used later]

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