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Dud

From The Great War 1914-1918

Dud: A shell that falls blind, and fails to burst. Also, used for anything that fails. Used of a man; worthless, incompetent, stupid. A “dud affair,” and action that failed. The word is of pre-war origin in commercial circles (e.g., “A dud cheque”). Probably of American origin.[1]

See also Stumer.

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.83.

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