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Catch a tartar

Posted by Jim on April 30, 2002

A local library patron read an old newspaper article about his grandfather that used the phrase "catch a tartar". He didn't know what this phrase meant. I heard about his inquiry and found references to a tartar (an unexpectedly formidable foe, inhabitant of Tartare) and a listing of the phrase "catch a tartar", but nothing definite. Thanks in advance for any responses.