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old chap

noun, Chiefly British: Older Use.
(used in informal direct address to a man of any age).
Origin of old chap
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I have in mind one old chap who used to herd the sheep on my uncle's farm.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • I daresay she's right, old chap, only I'd like to be regular myself.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • "We'd better leave the old chap alone for a bit," announced Jim.

  • From the first, Alfred says, the old chap's only repartee was, 'You wait and you'll see!'

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • "Hope I've not kept you waiting, old chap," said his lordship genially.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • "I want your help, old chap, in case it's needed," he began.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • You've got to convince the old chap on the bench or you won't get a verdict.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • My dear old chap, things have been happening, and I must tell you all about it.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • So tempting, you know, old chap, I couldn't resist sketching him!

  • There was one old chap that we'll call Dillaway—Ebenezer Dillaway.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln

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