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brannigan

[bran-i-guh n] /ˈbræn ɪ gən/
noun
1.
a carouse.
2.
a squabble; brawl.
Origin of brannigan
1925-1930
First recorded in 1925-30; probably from proper name
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  • Then he lit his pipe and took his seat on one of the windows of brannigan's shop.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • We can pick up some biscuits and things at brannigan's as we pass.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • "Then take that," yelled brannigan, aiming a terrible blow at the boy.

    Bert Lloyd's Boyhood J. McDonald Oxley
  • Some one was telling how brannigan fixed 'em over in the Eleventh.

    The Trimmed Lamp

    O. Henry
  • brannigan lifted his head and craned his neck to see who "they" were.

    The Secret Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • "He don't seem to like the looks o' ye, Long," murmured brannigan.

    The Secret Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Long Jackson bundled brannigan away from the door, and shut it inexorably.

    The Secret Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • "Ye'll sleep with 'em yourself, Long," retorted brannigan from his place on the table.

    The Secret Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • "It'll save a lot o' trouble," said brannigan, with a sigh of relief.

    The Secret Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • But he yielded, as he usually did where brannigan was concerned.

    The Secret Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
Slang definitions & phrases for brannigan

brannigan

noun

  1. A spree: a prolonged crossword puzzle brannigan
  2. A brawl or fracas; donnybrook: Republicans and Democrats alike are guilty of this brannigan (1940+)

[1903+; fr the Irish surname, for unclear reasons]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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