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shut up and color

shut up and color
 v. phr.— «At Squadron Officer’s Scholl they kept emphasizing the helplessnes of the Vietnamese and how we could bomb them at will. When I asked why, if that was true, we negotiated a settlement that basically had us as the losers no one really had the answer. (Shut up and color Capt Felts).» —“Re: Midshipman’s Hope” by Dave Felts Usenet: rec.arts.sf.written Feb. 7, 1996. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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