nigger in the woodpile


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nigger in the woodpile

An outdated and highly offensive phrase that was used to describe something suspicious.
See also: nigger
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As the main focus of the narrative is on the interaction of authority and the seamen/the hoi poloi, he is meant to be only a catalyst, the nigger in the woodpile.
Until one can be certain that the police are going to do the job properly and security can be passed over to them, that I think is the nigger in the woodpile at the moment.