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A.Word.A.Day--highbinder (fwd)



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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 00:51:19 -0400
From: Wordsmith <wsmith@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: A.Word.A.Day--highbinder

high.bind.er \-.bi-n-d*r\ n [the Highbinders, gang of vagabonds in New York
   City ab1806] 1: a professional killer operating in the Chinese quarter of
   an American city 2: a corrupt or scheming politician

   1908 G. H. LORIMER, J. Spurlock xii. 324 "That's what I do mean-it
   [sc. the railroad]'s been stolen by that Bonsall bunch of highbinders."

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