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It was not for her to show any anxiety to force the Duke out of the lady's presence.

I was preparing to seek the duke out, had obtained leave to do so and to join Turenne in the campaign, when, lo!

WORD ORIGIN

"hands," 1874, now mainly in put up your dukes (phrase from 1859), probably not connected to duke (n.). Chapman ["Dictionary of American Slang"] suggests Romany dook "the hand as read in palmistry, one's fate;" but Partridge ["Slang To-day and Yesterday"] gives it a plausible, if elaborate, etymology as a contraction of Duke of Yorks, rhyming slang for forks, a Cockney term for "fingers," thus "hands."

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