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tell it to sweeney

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tell it to Sweeney


tell it to the marines

[1926+; Sweeney is one of a group of surely mythical Irishmen, like Riley, Kelsey, and Kilroy, whose names are used apparently for some humorous effect]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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