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take a number


Don't be impatient; take your place in line: ''Tall enough to kick you in the balls,'' he said. ''Take a number,'' I said

[1980s+; fr the practice at a busy shop or office, where petitioners are invited to take a printed number card to ensure their serial priority]

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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