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Origin "at large"

Posted by James Briggs on April 11, 2001

In Reply to: Origin "at large" posted by R. Berg on April 11, 2001

: : I know the various meanings of the phrase "at large," but I can't seem to find its origins. Any help?

: An obsolete meaning of "large" as a noun is "freedom, liberty," now surviving only in the phrase 'at large" (Webster's unabridged, 1934).

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