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sit bodkin

obsolete To be squeezed tightly between two people while traveling, especially in a carriage. Pressed for time ahead of his appointment, the Duke was rather unceremoniously obliged to sit bodkin between the two daughters of his host.
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ride bodkin

obsolete To be squeezed tightly between two people while traveling, especially in a carriage. Pressed for time ahead of his appointment, the Duke was rather unceremoniously obliged to ride bodkin between the two daughters of his host.
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odds bodkins

antiquated A minced oath for "God's body," expressing surprise, shock, or astonishment. Odds bodkins, the bill for dinner is nearly $200!
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ride bodkin

travel squeezed between two other people. dated
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odd's bodkins

An archaic interjection meaning “God's body.” In an era where people respected the Ten Commandments a lot more than we do today, the injuncTion against taking the name of the Lord in vain led to a variety of euphemisms. One involved using the word “bodkins,” the tools that shoemakers and other leatherworkers use to pierce holes, for “body.” The most convincing explanation is that “bodkins” sounds a lot like “body,” but there's no explanation for the plural. Therefore, when a cobbler hit his thumb while resoling a shoe, he was likely to wince and exclaim, “Odd's bodkins,” if not something worse. Henry Fielding was the first author to use the phrase in close to its present form in his Don Quixote in England: “Odsbodlikins . . . you have a strange sort of a taste.” Similar oaths that avoided naming the diety used “'s” as an abbreviation of “God's,” such as “s'wounds,” “s'blood,” and “s'truth.” However, it's unlikely that Ira Gershwin had that in mind when he wrote the lyrics to “S'Wonderful.”
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John Bodkin Adams worked as a GP in Eastbourne in the 1940s and 50s, when more than 160 of his patients died in suspicious circumstances, with 132 leaving him something in their will.
Dr Bodkins Adams first faced the charge of murdering his elderly patient, Mrs.
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Fascination with the Bodkin Adams trial still continues and new books have been written in recent years which reflect an awareness of additional records and recollections, together with much informed conjecture.
Bodkins is minutes from Galway racecourse and proceedings start at 9.30pm.
The acclaimed storyteller Odds Bodkin has told such tales as "The Odyssey," "Beowulf" and "A Christmas Carol" to audiences young and old around the country.
Bodkin, dressed in a tuxedo and standing at a lectern outdoors on the grounds of Fruitlands, will offer a one-man rendition of William Shakespeare's classic love tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" - performing more than a dozen vocal characterizations and providing his own narrative.
Granted the 58-year-old Bodkin can draw on a lot of storytelling experience (including two invitations to the White House), but will he be a little bit nervous before the premiere of this highly ambitious project?
"I think if I didn't have nerves, particularly for a debut, then somehow I would have lost my soul," Bodkin said during a telephone interview last week from his home in New Hampshire, where he has lived for the past 29 years (he is married with three grown sons).
The performance is part of the Fruitlands "Sundown Concert Series" and Bodkin's new "Tuxedo and Lectern" project of dramatic adaptations.
If you were to continue to ask, to use another old English expression, what the dickens is Bodkin doing, you would not actually be too far off the mark.
Duly, Bodkin's first tuxedo and lectern foray was rendering "A Christmas Carol," which proved to be successful last year (he will revisit the Dickens tale with performances during the upcoming holiday season).
Bodkin said he has always loved "Romeo and Juliet," the tale of star-crossed lovers from bitterly rival families in Verona.
Elsewhere, Bodkin has inserted his own narration "to collapse the action and move the play forward more quickly."