050314 An Allusion to Maginnis

By March 5, 2014 zBlog Archives

050314_LR65 down, 300 to go! Today’s word was maginnis, meaning: ‘A (wrestling) hold from which escape is difficult. Freq. fig.; esp. in to put (also clap) the maginnis on: to immobilize; to pressurize or coerce. Also in crooked maginnis’ (OED). The pub next door to the new office provides an association of maginnis (I think you need to be outside it on a Friday night to see the real thing), since there is a telly, which would show the wrestling holds, but there is also plenty behind the bar to cause immobilisation.

Day #65 of a 365 project, where the daily pic is informed by theĀ OED word of the day.