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For a time it seemed as though Brent's bombshell had been a dud.

Let's get busy—we're altogether too close to that dud there to suit me.

But to Dud this thrilling adventure left no pleasant memories.

The motor boat Jim and Dud had hired for the season was stove in upon the rocks.

It was Dud who had been swept over into those foaming, seething depths.

But there were exceptions, and Dud Fielding was one of them.

Cut the whole lot,” said Dud, “just as soon as I can get money enough to do it.

"I'll walk on, Dud, and put this horse of yours in the barn," said Manton.

Dud knew now that Blister had been a wise prophet in his generation.

Dud sauntered to the hitching-rack, easy, careless, graceful.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1825, "person in ragged clothing," from duds (q.v.). Sense extended by 1897 to "counterfeit thing," and 1908 to "useless, inefficient person or thing." This led naturally in World War I to "shell which fails to explode," and thence to "expensive failure."

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