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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TEN

I would rather gain one prize from the Choragus, than ten from the Gymnasiarch.

Rather gain one prize from the Choragus than ten from the Gymnasiarch.

When he came out ten minutes later Uncle Peter was waiting for him alone.

In ten minutes the fund had reached over six hundred dollars.

"There is not one chance in ten that he is living," he said.

Henry is now working ten hours a day out to the packinghouse.

"I will wait ten minutes for him," said Haley, taking out his watch.

Ten emus came to water; shot twice with rifle at them, but missed.

We turned east for ten miles to a range, which we found to be covered with spinifex.

Dar was an ole sow dar, an' perhaps eight or ten little pigs.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English ten (Mercian), tien (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *tekhan (cf. Old Saxon tehan, Old Norse tiu, Danish ti, Old Frisian tian, Old Dutch ten, Dutch tien, Old High German zehan, German zehn, Gothic taihun "ten").

The Germanic words are from PIE *dekm (cf. Sanskrit dasa, Avestan dasa, Armenian tasn, Greek deka, Latin decem, Old Church Slavonic deseti, Lithuanian desimt, Old Irish deich, Breton dek, Welsh deg, Albanian djetu "ten").

Tenner "ten-pound note" is slang first recorded 1861; as "ten-dollar bill," 1887 (ten-spot in this sense dates from 1848). The ten-foot pole that you wouldn't touch something with (1909) was originally a 40-foot pole; the idea is the same as the advice to use a long spoon when you dine with the devil. Ten-four "I understand, message received," is attested in popular jargon from 1962, from use in CB and police radio 10-code (in use in U.S. by 1950).

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.