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she commented on the word ballyhoo of blazes
Ballyhoo; hell (nautical slang).
R. Kipling, Captain Courageous (1897) — "Oh, ef it had bin even the Fish C'mmission boat instid o' this bally-hoo o'blazes."
F. C. Bowen, Sea slang: a dictionary of the old-timers' expressions and epithets (1929) — "The last word of contempt for a slovenly ship."
August 3, 2008
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