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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TOM

As to the Gifted, I have heard Tom say often, that he was certain he was in a fit, and had it inwardly.

So we was all quiet and still, Jim and me being scared, and Tom busy.

Tom said we was right in the midst of the Arabian Nights now.

It made him sick to listen to Tom, and to hear the people say "My land!"

They went for me and Jim by the thousand, but not a one of them lit on Tom.

Some called him Tom Sawyer the Traveler, and that just swelled him up fit to bust.

DO you reckon Tom Sawyer was satisfied after all them adventures?

Why, it seemed just like home; it 'most seemed as if I had been born and raised in it, and Jim and Tom said the same.

I got the subject up again, and then Tom explained, the best he could.

It made Tom fly, but it took the stiffening all out of my legs.

WORD ORIGIN

familiar shortening of masc. proper name Thomas, used by late 14c. as a type of a nickname for a common man. Applied 17c. as a nickname for several exceptionally large bells. Short for Uncle Tom in the sense of "black man regarded as too servile to whites" is recorded from 1959. Tom Walker, U.S. Southern colloquial for "the devil" is recorded from 1833. Tom and Jerry is first attested 1828 in many extended senses, originally the names of the two chief characters (Corinthian Tom and Jerry Hawthorn) in Pierce Egan's "Life in London" (1821); the U.S. cat and mouse cartoon characters debuted 1940 in "Puss Gets the Boot." Tom Thumb (1570s) was a miniature man in popular tradition before P.T. Barnum took the name for a dwarf he exhibited.

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