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Debs

[debz] /dɛbz/
noun
1.
Eugene Victor, 1855–1926, U.S. labor leader: Socialist candidate for president 1900–20.

deb

[deb] /dɛb/
noun
1.
Informal. a debutante.
Origin of deb
1915-1920
An Americanism dating back to 1915-20; by shortening
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  • These were the essential parts of the speech which Debs made at Canton.

    The Debs Decision Scott Nearing
  • My name is Desborough—do you understand—do you hear me, Mr. Debs?

  • When they reached the village she halted before the low roof of Debs's cottage.

  • Debs pointed to these same contracts as the cause of defeat.

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • Debs insists that "DeLeon did not 'capture' the organization and Debs is not 'disgusted' with it."

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • Neither Mr. Simons nor Mr. Debs was present at the 1906 meeting.

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • Debs, Haywood and Simons were then, and are today, members of the Socialist party.

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • He was on his feet, and he uttered a warning for Debs—in vain.

  • He held that a nuisance should be abated and that Debs was a nuisance.

    The Pullman Boycott W. F. Burns
  • President Debs has been accused of being responsible for this condition of affairs.

    The Pullman Boycott W. F. Burns
British Dictionary definitions for Debs

Debs

/dɛbz/
noun
1.
Eugene Victor. 1855–1926, US labour leader; five times Socialist presidential candidate (1900–20)

deb

/dɛb/
noun
1.
(informal) short for debutante
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Word Origin and History for Debs

deb

n.

slang shortening of debutante, by 1920.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Debs

deb

noun

  1. A debutante (1920+)
  2. A member of a girl's street gang: The Assassins were organized with sub-gangs of ''debs'' (1940s+ Street gang)
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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