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"Do" in a 1932 text: acronym, or what?

As Andrew Leach notes in a comment beneath the posted question, the comma following "do" reported by the poster appears to be incorrect. A snippet view of the relevant text from a 1936 ...
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What is the meaning of 'with a pair of boots clean dropping off him'?

I interpret this to mean that the man was wearing boots so worn or tattered or ill-fitting that they look like they might fall off his feet. The barmaid was surprised that the man had a lot of money &...
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What are the differences between to sweet-talk, smooth-talk- butter up, suck up to, cajole, coax, wheedle, inveigle, beguile, and get round someone?

Inveigle implies using deceitful means to an end, while cajole is the use of sustained, sometimes obsequious, flattery. Coax is a more gentle form of persuasion, but persistent, or relentless, in its ...
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What does "Oh snap" mean?

From Tom Dalzell & Terry Victor, The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2006): oh snap! used as a mild oath US [Cited example:] [oh snap!]—Connie Eble (Editor) UNC-CH ...
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"You have an air about you"

Sorry for replying almost 4 years after you've asked but I saw this question and just had to make sure you got an answer - so "air" in this case means aura or a certain quality. It is indeed ...
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