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an old one

A familiar or well-known joke. That an old one, sure to make people laugh.
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an old one

a familiar joke.
See also: old, one
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He left some letter or some message which our Joe had charge of, but he and the old one quarrelled about it when your son had gone, and the old one wouldn't let it be delivered.
Our Joe was to carry it, but the old one kept him at home all next day, on purpose that he shouldn't.
Also, a new neck-scarf is indispensable, seeing that the old one has now passed its first year; but, since you have promised to make of your old apron not only a scarf, but also a shirt-front, I need think no more of the article in question.
Again the old one blew himself out, and asked the young one if the Ox was as big as that.
She has been disappointed in Borrioboola-Gha, which turned out a failure in consequence of the king of Boorioboola wanting to sell everybody--who survived the climate--for rum, but she has taken up with the rights of women to sit in Parliament, and Caddy tells me it is a mission involving more correspondence than the old one. I had almost forgotten Caddy's poor little girl.
Once she was a new one, because the old one had let go, and David was very sorry for the old one, but as she did let go, he wished he had been there to see.
"We must make haste, or it will have a new history to be told before we finish the old one."
We'll call him `Jack', after the old one -- shall we, Polly?"
For she was sitting on the broad Kansas prairie, and just before her was the new farmhouse Uncle Henry built after the cyclone had carried away the old one. Uncle Henry was milking the cows in the barnyard, and Toto had jumped out of her arms and was running toward the barn, barking furiously.
The wretch often disguises himself, but you will know him at once by his rough voice and his black feet.' The kids said: 'Dear mother, we will take good care of ourselves; you may go away without any anxiety.' Then the old one bleated, and went on her way with an easy mind.
Why, it's a hundred times better than the old one."
There are no words to describe her save the old ones that have served so often to picture the bygone heroine of romance and the fair lady of our dreams.
"Are the new inquiries as harmless as the old ones?" I asked.
There are many laws but no one to carry out the old ones. Nowadays everybody designs laws, it is easier writing than doing."
It comes with a data page as the old one, but carries a chip with details of the holder, preventing usual damages the old one was prone to.Once fully in place, some travellers may be able to self-clear at airports, cutting queues at the immigration sections.