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He found Austin sitting on the chair by his desk, resting his chin on his elbow.

Not until there was a convulsive jerk of Dozier's elbow did he stir his folded arms.

The medicine-tray lay at Carlotta's elbow; beside it the box of labels.

Then aloud he repeated the question, touching the bookmaker on the elbow.

Soon the Chestnut's head showed past his elbow, and they were both lapped on the Black.

He raised his head on his elbow and called across to her: "Say, Linda, how often will you write to me?"

With a sinuous movement she turned on her elbow to face him.

Suddenly his other elbow gave way and he fell down upon his face.

Mr Vladimir walked on, and the “confounded policeman” fell into step at his elbow.

The bay is merely an elbow, half the winds blowing in from the open sea.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, elbowe, from Old English elnboga, from ell "length of the forearm" + boga "bow, arch," from West Germanic *alinobogan, from Proto-Germanic *elino-bugon, literally "bend of the forearm" (cf. Middle Dutch ellenboghe, Dutch elleboog, Old High German elinbogo, German Ellenbogen, Old Norse ölnbogi).

Second element related to Old English bugan "to bend" (see bow (v.)); first element from *alina "arm," from PIE *el- (1) "elbow, forearm" (see ell (n.1)). Phrase elbow grease "hard rubbing" is attested from 1670s, from jocular sense of "the best substance for polishing furniture." Elbow room attested from mid-16c.

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