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K.P.

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  1. Military. kitchen police.
  2. Knight of the Order of St. Patrick.
  3. Knights of Pythias.

K. of P.

  1. Knights of Pythias.
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Word Origin and History for k.p.

n.

"kitchen duty," 1935, apparently short for kitchen police (duties), itself attested from 1933 as part of Boy Scouting and other camping activities; the expression's sense sometimes shifted to kitchen patrol (1940) during World War II.

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