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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DIRK

Dirk surveyed her thoughtfully; he seemed to have no answer ready.

Then Dirk, the one brother, going astray almost as soon as he was born.

I've been scared about Dirk ever since; and now he won't go to Poke's!

A thing which Dirk hated, in common with all persons of his class.

A dozen times on the way home had Dirk been on the point of consigning it to the gutter.

"I think you may be able to do something, even for Dirk Colson," he said.

I say, Dirk, what do you s'pose all that yarn means about to-morrow night?

Poor Dirk, you will remember, if he had thought of it, had no comb with which to experiment.

It made the dark blood flow into black Dirk's indignant face.

Let me tell you that Dirk Colson would not have repeated that sentence for the world!

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, perhaps from Dirk, the proper name, which was used in Scandinavian for "a picklock." But the earliest spellings were dork, durk (Johnson, 1755, seems to be responsible for the modern spelling), and the earliest association is with Highlanders, however there seems to be no such word in Gaelic, where the proper name is biodag. Another candidate is German dolch "dagger."

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