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tin medal

tin medal
 n.— «The prize of a gold medal for the best female skater was award to Miss Mamie McElwee, and the prize of a tin medal for the poorest male skater was given, in a joke, to a young gentleman who really skates excellently well.» —“The Rink Closed” The Landmark (Statesvill, N.C.) Mar. 24, 1882. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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