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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

akimbo

\uh-KIM-boh\ , adjective;
1.
With hand on hip and elbow bent outward.
Quotes:
With yards akimbo, she says unto him scornfully, as the old beldam said to the little dwarf: - "Help yourself.
-- Herman Melville, Omoo: A Narrative of the South Seas
Which kind of sounds like he's going to stand in the middle of the path, arms akimbo, to prevent bikes from going through.
-- "Path to confusion in Carlton Gardens," Melbounre Times Weekly, 2011
Origin:
Akimbo is the descendent of the Middle English kenebowe, which itself is a modification of the Old Norse i keng boginn, both meaning "bent into a crook."
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