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bouncing Bet

[bet] /bɛt/
Also, bouncing Bess
[bes] /bɛs/ (Show IPA)
Origin of bouncing Bet
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • bouncing Bet is too cheerful and rollicking a wanderer to awaken sentiment.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • It was common wayside "bouncing Bet," but the Harvester called it "soapwort."

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
  • The plant commonly called Soapwort or bouncing Bet also bears other popular names, many of which are purely local.

  • Bees boomed about the ragged tufts of clover and bouncing Bet that fringed the side yard.

    Judith of the Cumberlands

    Alice MacGowan
British Dictionary definitions for bouncing Bet

bouncing Bet

another name for soapwort
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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