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by George

old-fashioned A minced oath in which "George" is a substitute for "God."
1. An exclamation of surprise, wonder, or astonishment. By George, I think we've finally blown the case wide open! A: "If you carry the five, then you can solve for X." B: "You're right, by George! How did I not see that?"
2. Used to emphasize or intensify one's statement. A: "Tom, what happened to the money I gave you? I thought you were going to take it to the bank." B: "I did, by George—I handed it to the teller myself!" It was a pain in the rear end getting that old lawnmower working again, but by George I did it!
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slang A draft of air. The term comes from rhyming slang in which "George" is short for "George Raft," which rhymes with "draft." (George Raft was a US actor in the 1930s.) Primarily heard in UK. Can we switch seats? There's a George over here, and I'm freezing!

George Raft

slang A draft of air. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "George Raft" rhymes with "draft." (George Raft was a US actor in the 1930s.) Primarily heard in UK. Can we switch seats? There's a George Raft over here, and I'm freezing!
See also: George, raft

let George do it

A set expression used to defer responsibility for some task or action to some unspecified other person. A: "We need to run a new batch of reports to account for the changes we made." B: "But the first batch took me three hours to do! Let George do it."
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Let George do it.

Fig. Let someone else do it: it doesn't matter who. Billie always says, "Let George do it." She is unwilling to help with things that don't interest her.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

let George do it

let someone else do the work or take the responsibility.
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1. tv. & in. to copulate [with] a woman. (Usually objectionable.) He was in the back room georging some dame.
2. in. to defecate. (Usually objectionable.) Man, I gotta george!
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
In the present instance the sight acted on George like a tonic.
For what seemed an eternity to George, she continued to look at him.
Five minutes afterwards, George said, "Ah!" too, and threw his plate out on the bank; and, three minutes later than that, Montmorency gave the first sign of contentment he had exhibited since we had started, and rolled over on his side, and spread his legs out; and then I said, "Ah!" and bent my head back, and bumped it against one of the hoops, but I did not mind it.
Before our supper, Harris and George and I were quarrelsome and snappy and ill-tempered; after our supper, we sat and beamed on one another, and we beamed upon the dog, too.
In the shadows by Williams' barn George and Louise stood, not daring to talk.
"Will is going to build a shed to store berry crates here," said George and they sat down upon the boards.
George, and--yes--it partly helps the circulation," he replies.
George, folding his arms upon his chest and seeming to become two sizes larger.
"15th.--A letter from George! They have done with the north coast and they have crossed the wild sea to the Orkneys.
"It is impossible to be long angry with you, George," said the good- natured Captain; "and as for the money, old boy, you know if I wanted it you'd share your last shilling with me."
"That I would, by Jove, Dobbin," George said, with the greatest generosity, though by the way he never had any money to spare.
"I am a little anxious, sir," replied George, leaving his glass empty, and looking straight into the fire.
George smiled, and resignedly helped himself to some wine.
Very glad to see you, and that you are taking George for a bathe.
George had stood like one transfixed, at hearing his doom thus suddenly pronounced by a power that he knew was irresistible.