The darner must decide for herself which method for holding the work she will use.
"He 's from Ireland, Mr. darner," whispered the porter, with a half-kindly impulse to make an apology for such ignorance.
"We are sure you meant things for the best, Mr. darner," said Jerry's mother.
Those who have written of Mrs. darner's art have taken extreme views.
"No, they don't," rejoined Mr. darner, in a half-confidential way.
darner can be made to listen to reason and I can bring some influence to bear upon him.
"Phillips is always butting into things that are none of his business," growled Mr. darner.
"I never got so much as a scratch before," said darner, as be proceeded to sponge his face.
"to mend" c.1600, perhaps from Middle French darner "mend," from darne "piece," from Breton darn "piece, fragment, part." Alternative etymology is from obsolete dern (see dern). Related: Darned; darning.
tame curse word, 1781, American English euphemism for damn, said to have originated in New England when swearing was a punishable offense; if so, its spread was probably influenced by 'tarnal, short for Eternal, as in By the Eternal (God), favorite exclamation of Andrew Jackson, among others. Related: darned (past participle adjective, 1806); darndest (superlative, 1844).
(also darned or darnfoolor derned or durned) Wretched; nasty; silly: sentimental songs, darnfool ditties, revival hymns
: She was darn excited
(also darn it or dern it or durn it) An exclamation of disappointment, irritation, frustration, etc: Darn, I've dropped my glockenspiel!
[1780s+; euphemism for damn, which is regarded by some as taboo; probably based on earlier darnation, ''damnation,'' attested by 1798]