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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KIDDING

Then you're kidding about that horse going to start in the Thornton Stakes.

Say, mister, I was just kidding about being one of Gore's men.

Who do you think you're kidding, Bev, you sanctimonious hypocrite—me?

Well, I'd like to know what else you'd call it, kidding yourself along like that.

If you'll tell me what he said, maybe I'll be able to tell you whether or not I think he was kidding.

"They're kidding," said Johnny heartily, rising to his feet.

Freddy didn't have time to think up a kidding come-back for that one.

Gwan and stop your kidding, growled the burly Philadelphia batter.

Jim was still too troubled to worry whether the colonel was kidding him or not.

At first we thought he was kidding but we soon saw that he was in earnest.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "the young of a goat," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse kið "young goat"), from Proto-Germanic *kiðjom (cf. Old High German kizzi, German kitze, Danish and Swedish kid). Extended meaning of "child" first recorded as slang 1590s, established in informal usage by 1840s. Applied to skillful young thieves and pugilists since at least 1812. Kid stuff "something easy" is from 1913 (The phrase was in use about that time in reference to vaudeville acts or advertisements featuring children, and to children-oriented features in newspapers). Kid glove "a glove made of kidskin leather" is from 1680s; sense of "characterized by wearing kid gloves," therefore "dainty, delicate" is from 1856.

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