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Put up your dukes...

Posted by James Briggs on June 09, 2003

In Reply to: Put up your dukes... posted by S. Ryan on June 09, 2003

: Any ideas on the origin of "put up yer dukes," when advising someone to prepare to defend himself?

This is circuitous rhyming slang. Duke of Yorks = forks = slang for fingers. 18th century

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