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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
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There you are, old chap, only got a hole in your gristly lip.

    Dick o' the Fens George Manville Fenn
  • Well, you shall have them willingly, old chap, if you keep us amused!

  • "You'll eat your Christmas dinner in London, old chap," he said.

    Trenching at Gallipoli John Gallishaw
  • “Yes, it is time we had some fresh meat, old chap,” said Emson good-humouredly.

    Diamond Dyke George Manville Fenn
  • But some of them, especially an old chap called Griffin, the foreman, didn't seem to mind it at all.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Say, old chap, you were my best man, and now I want you again.

  • “No, old chap,” cried North, slapping the sexton on the shoulder in a jocular way.

    The Man with a Shadow George Manville Fenn
  • Look here, old chap, you go on; see you at the club—presently.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • The old chap is out of the running, to start with, so I must hunt up the others.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • Look here, old chap, he said, I seem to have put my foot into it again.

    The Rough Road William John Locke

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