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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."
See also: George, let
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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017


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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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.
We waited some time, but matters seemed to get only more and more involved, until, at last, George's head came wriggling out over the side of the boat, and spoke up.
You get near the kettle, so that it can overhear you, and then you shout out, "I don't want any tea; do you, George?" to which George shouts back, "Oh, no, I don't like tea; we'll have lemonade instead - tea's so indigestible." Upon which the kettle boils over, and puts the stove out.
George Willard found Louise Trunnion in the kitchen of her father's house.
George Willard trembled more vio- lently than ever.
George?" Grandfather Smallweed inquires, slowly rubbing his legs.
George, and--yes--it partly helps the circulation," he replies.
No letter from George. Ah, how full of trouble this life is!
"15th.--A letter from George! They have done with the north coast and they have crossed the wild sea to the Orkneys.
"No, hang it, William, I beg your pardon"--here George interposed in a fit of remorse; "you have been my friend in a hundred ways, Heaven knows.
"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."
"Claret, George?" said the admiral, pushing the bottle across the table.
I tell you they shall be comrades, and George thinks the same."
He was waited upon over the factory, shown the machinery by George, who, in high spirits, talked so fluently, held himself so erect, looked so handsome and manly, that his master began to feel an uneasy consciousness of inferiority.