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An old joke; chestnut: even remembered a wheeze I pulled/ this tired little wheeze

[1864+; origin unknown; perhaps fr a wheezing delivery used by clowns in telling jokes; the earliest attested use refers to a circus clown's joke]

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