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Used in real or mock euphemisms to avoid saying a taboo or repulsive word: C-word, ''cancer''/ F-word, ''fuck''/ L-word, ''liberal''/ T-word, ''taxes'' (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • I looked at old Bloody Politeful, who thereupon took the word up.

  • They had word up at the McAleenans the other night that you got two thousand for it.

    The Drone Rutherford Mayne
  • Follow yonder fellow, and see where he takes earth, and bring me word up to the mansion-house here.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • Her clan took the word up, and for a time the sibilance of it was like a hiss in the room.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • "No; I made that word up," returned Millicent, with complacency.

  • Why didn't you get word up the river as soon as you saw him?

    The Boys of Old Monmouth Everett T. Tomlinson
  • In any event, the Tsar remained true to his word up to the day of his death.

    The Kaiser's Memoirs William II, German Emperor
  • I sent a message to pass the word up to the leading squads for Hawk.

    At Suvla Bay John Hargrave
  • His list of equivalents only carries the history of the word up to the beginning of the last stage of its growth.

  • But she did that every single morning, and no one had said a word up till now.

    The Garden Party Katherine Mansfield

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