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J(ames) G(raham). 1930–2009, British novelist, born in China; his books include Crash (1973), The Unlimited Dream Company (1979), Empire of the Sun (1984), Cocaine Nights (1996), and Super-Cannes (2000)
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  • Mrs. ballard, allow me to make you acquainted with my friend Colonel Ruggles!

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Can't you imagine what Jen' ballard will say when she learns the truth?

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • The same applied to ballard, who also had been given a Brigade—the 7th.

  • The head and front of it all,” said he; “a renegade priest, ballard by name.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • I glances up, and sees Mr. ballard just as he's about to pass the door.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
Word Origin and History for ballard


surname, attested from late 12c., probably meaning "bald head;" cf. Wyclif "Stye up, ballard," where Coverdale translates "Come vp here thou balde heade" [2 Kg.2:23-24, where God kills 42 children for making fun of Elijah's lack of hair.]

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