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- n. Alternative form of sirloin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A loin of beef, or the upper part of the loin. See sirloin, the more usual, but not etymologically preferable, orthography.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See sirloin.
Very likely, sir, answered Partridge; and if my eyes were fixed on a good surloin of roast beef, the devil might take the moon and her horns into the bargain.
The reader himself, dropping on his knee when he performed the servile office, proffered the towel with which the king prepared himself for the repast; and barristers of ancient lineage and professional eminence contended for the honor of serving His Majesty with surloin and cheesecake upon the knee, and hastened with the alacrity of well-trained lacqueys to do the bidding of "the lords att their table."
It is, perhaps, a pity to spoil so noble a story; but the interests of truth demand that we declare that sirloin is probably a corruption of surloin, which signifies the upper part of a loin, the prefix sur being equivalent to over or above.
The cow is sacrificed to her bag, the ox to his surloin.
To speak the truth Mr. Mason had himself gone to the neighbouring butcher, and ordered the surloin of beef, knowing that it would be useless to trust to orders conveyed through his wife.
A whole surloin of beef formed the chief ornament of one end of the table.
"Bring hither that _surloin_, sirrah, for 'tis worthy of a more honourable post, being, as I may say, not _surloin_ but _sirloin_, the noblest joint of all;" which ridiculous and desperate pun raised the wisdom and reputation of England's Solomon to the highest.
The occasion, as far as we have been able to gather, was thus: -- Whilst he sat at meat, casting his eyes upon a noble _surloin_ at the lower end of the table, he cried out --
Without allowing his visiter leisure for much further reflection, the old mariner made a motion to him to take the only vacant chair in the room, while he continued his employment on the surloin with as much assiduity as though no interruption had taken place.
It was pronounced delicious; and Mr. Wilmot acknowledged he had not seen such a surloin in France.
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