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chained_bear commented on the word smell of powder
a.k.a. "stink of powder," used metonymously for actual experience of battle.
Usages: 1786 R. BURNS Poems 37 "Their gun's a burden on their shouther; They downa bide the stink o' powther."
1901 F. NORRIS Octopus (1964) II. v. 338 "Roaring, clamoring, reeking with the smell of powder and hot oil, spitting death."
February 13, 2007
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