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This entry looks promising, but I can’t find the dictionary evidence to include it as a phrasal verb. I assume that I inherited the entry, but it’s not in CRUCIVERB so I don’t know if it was clued in reference to baseball, spider webs, or something else. The proverbial “honey/vinegar” sense of being socially appealing might work, though the clue would be unwieldy. Any other thoughts on saving this entry?
When I came across this entry, I recognized it as the name of a rock band but also felt sure that it had another in-the-language meaning. I recall hearing it used to refer to a trick in a card game that is won with a relatively low card. Google research didn’t bear out that meaning, and it certainly wasn’t the origin of the rock band’s name.
President Obama recently hosted a White House screening of To Kill a Mockingbird to celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary. The piece of furniture that is a portmanteau of chiffonier and wardrobe has a significant part in To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel and film are the only places I’ve encountered the word.
I did a quick double take on this entry before realizing that it was the French feminine version of CONFIDANT.