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old crock

noun phrase

An old person, esp a man, who is broken down and physically debilitated: That old crock still plays tennis?

[1880+; crock is found in several Germanic languages as ''a broken-down horse''; noted in 1969 as medical slang for a neurotic complainer]

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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  • "I know the old crock—trotter," scorned the true riding jockey.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • "Poor old Lizzie, she's a dear old crock," I murmured to myself.

  • You mean to run away and leave her alone with an old crock of a father?

    The Mystery of the Green Ray William Le Queux
  • Pa hardly listened to the old crock, preferred to dream of New York and the success his Lily would achieve there!

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • "Let the old crock go on till she busts," I muttered inwardly and opened up to avoid an oncoming thunderstorm.

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