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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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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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Dr Bodkin Adams, is a situation where a great number of horrible accusations have been made about an accused prior to trial, creating a black cloud of suspicion.
They testified that Dr Bodkin Adams would, on a fairly regular basis, inject his patients with large doses--apparently excessive doses--of drugs such as morphine and heroin in order to alleviate the pain.
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.
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Among the figures from the play Bodkin will be giving voice to are Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt, Benvolio, Friar Laurence, Mercutio, Lady Capulet, Lord Capulet and the Nurse.
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).
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.
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.
Although Bodkin is a musician who has utilized accompaniment in many of his shows, "Romeo and Juliet" will have no music other than the sound of his own voice.
Over the telephone, Bodkin had a rather deep, authoritative but reassuring voice.
Bodkin did not consider himself a born storyteller growing up in Virginia.
After graduating from Duke University, Bodkin got a job as an "outdoor educator" in New York.
Bodkin was born with the name Bodkin - John Bodkin.