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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DUN

I dun'no' whether he is married or not, but there is a woman livin' there.

The three distinguished characters were a spendthrift, a bailiff, and a dun.

"Da-da-dat is, er—I spec' so—er—I dun'no', ma'm," he stammered.

Flame-colour is a mixture of auburn and dun; dun of white and black; yellow of white and auburn.

I made sure he was going to dun, and that I should have to shuffle.

The object was dun colored, the color of storm clouds on a cold winter's day.

He found that the barn man was indeed looking after the dun in excellent shape.

You seem to forget that the brand on this dun is pretty well known.

He walked his horse slowly, for the dun did not like the idea of the leather tied to its hoofs.

He tickled the dun with his spurs and trotted along the crest of the lava ridge.

WORD ORIGIN

"to insist on payment of debt," 1620s, perhaps related to dunnen "to sound, resound, make a din" (c.1200, dialectal variant of din), or shortened from dunkirk (c.1600) "privateer," a private vessel licensed to attack enemy ships during wartime, from Dunkirk, French port from which they sailed. The oldest theory traces it to a Joe Dun, supposedly a London bailiff famous for catching defaulters. Related: Dunned; dunning. As a noun from 1620s.

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