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Auntie

‘Auntie’ has been the jocular, and once derisive, nickname for the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) since the mid-1950s. The first known citatio...

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Avant-garde

The original French meant the advanced guard. The English word vanguard is derived from it. The original French was re-borrowed during the late 19th/e...

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AWOL

This acronym for absent without official leave is of US military origin, perhaps from as early as the American Civil War but certainly in common use b...

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Axe

To axe in the figurative sense of to cut expenses, or fire staff, workers etc is from c. 1922.


Axe to grind

The grinding or sharpening of axes has clearly gone on for thousands of years. Shakespeare used the expression in its literal sense in Pericles Act I...

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