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thank-you-ma'am

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bump or depression in a road.

Etymologies

From its causing the head to nod as though in acknowledgment of a favor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It was a "thank-you-ma'am" in the middle of the road that caused

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  • She did not know till much later that owing to the thank-you-ma'am which they reached simultaneously with the word "suddenly" that when

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  • Thus we do not believe that she willfully drove over every rut and thank-you-ma'am on the road, scattering us generously over the tonneau, and finally, when Aggie, who was the lighter, was tossed against the top and sprained her neck, eliciting a protest from us.

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  • Thus we do not believe that she willfully drove over every rut and thank-you-ma'am on the road, scattering us generously over the tonneau, and finally, when

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  • Offshore, with Washington in control of the global seas and skies, with its ability to kick down the world's doors and strike just about anywhere without a by-your-leave or thank-you-ma'am, it hopes for better.

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  • A hollow or rut across a road that causes the people in a vehicle passing over it to nod involuntarily, the way one might do in acknowledging a favor and expressing thanks.

    The alternate spelling thank'ee-marm is also used.

    July 30, 2008