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Thread #65948   Message #1091240
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
12-Jan-04 - 12:59 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Jim Crow Blues
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jim Crow Blues
Gurney, you are correct. The OED defines it as "an implement for bending or straightening iron rails by the pressure of a screw." It appeared in print in 1875 in England (Knight, Dict. Mechanics).
No indication of its origin.