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who laid the rail

who laid the rail
 adv. phr.— «He’s a regular Cicero—seems to know this here oratory business frum who laid the rail. He don’t ever jest plain ast somebody to do somethin’. He adjures ’em by the altars of their Sunny Southland.» —by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb Those Times and These (New York) , 1917. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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