from The Century Dictionary.

  • To practise bantingism (which see).


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  • Miss Louder tells me I can 'bant' -- whatever that is -- to take down my flesh, and mebbe you'll see me some day, Miss Lou, in a re'l ladylike part.

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  • The three-voice O Venus bant has ascriptions to ‘Gaspar’ and Josquin; the editors of the New Josquin Edition observe details that make it unlikely to be by Josquin and note similarities in La stangetta.

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  • The scientific rationale behind this supposed cause and effect was based on observation, experimental evidence, and maybe the collected epiphanies and anecdotes of those who had successfully managed to bant.

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  • "If he is gouty, obese, and nervous, we strongly recommend him to 'bant,'" suggested the Pall Mall Gazette in June 1865.

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  • Other languages picked it up and use bant or some variant as their word for dieting in general, not just low-carb dieting.

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  • "I shall have to bant if I can't break myself of this habit of sitting on gentlemen's knees."

    Of Human Bondage

  • A nice verb, to bant, though not approved of by the dictionary, which scornfully terms it "humorous and colloquial".

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  • Mr. Blythe is the present international bant-weight champion.

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  • Doctor Banting, of England, the father of latter-day dietetics from whose name in commemoration of his services to mankind we derive the verb intransitive "to bant," had theories wherein his chief contemporaneous

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  • "Would you like me to bant in case of accidents?" laughed Gwen.

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  • A discussion of its origin may be found on Michael Quinion's website here.

    July 1, 2008

  • Which see!

    October 6, 2011