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Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs is a famous cartoonist who lived from 1875 to 1930. Poems by Wilbur Nesbitt.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird

    “Ball and Chain” dates back to 1908, I see. The Internet says that Green’s dictionary of slang takes it back to the 1920s but referring to the wife. A guy in comments says that the OED (since account-locked, I guess) has references to the “ball and chain of matrimony” back in 1855 which is closer to what we see above.

    The old definition before the new one kicked in.Report

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