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George

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[jawrj]
noun
  1. a figure of St. George killing the dragon, especially one forming part of the insignia of the Order of the Garter.
  2. British Slang. any coin bearing the image of St. George.
  3. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter G.
  4. British Slang. an automatic pilot on an airplane.
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Idioms
  1. by George! Chiefly British Informal. (an exclamation used to express astonishment, approval, etc.)
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British Dictionary definitions for by george!

George

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noun
  1. David Lloyd . See Lloyd George
  2. Sir Edward (Alan John), known as Eddie. 1938–2009, British economist, governor of the Bank of England (1993–2003)
  3. Henry. 1839–97, US economist: advocated a single tax on land values, esp in Progress and Poverty (1879)
  4. Saint. died ?303 ad, Christian martyr, the patron saint of England; the hero of a legend in which he slew a dragon. Feast day: April 23
  5. (German ɡeˈɔrɡə) Stefan (Anton) (ˈʃtɛfan). 1868–1933, German poet and aesthete. Influenced by the French Symbolists, esp Mallarmé and later by Nietzsche, he sought for an idealized purity of form in his verse. He refused Nazi honours and went into exile in 1933
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George

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noun
  1. British informal the automatic pilot in an aircraft
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Word Origin for George

C20: originally a slang name for an airman
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Word Origin and History for by george!

George

masc. personal name, from Late Latin Georgius, from Greek Georgos "husbandman, farmer," from ge "earth" + ergon "work" (see urge (v.)).

The name introduced in England by the Crusaders (a vision of St. George played a key role in the First Crusade), but not common until after the Hanoverian succession (18c.). St. George began to be recognized as patron of England in time of Edward III, perhaps because of his association with the Order of the Garter (see garter). His feast day, April 23, was made a holiday in 1222. The legend of his combat with the dragon is first found in "Legenda Aurea" (13c.). The exclamation by (St.) George! is recorded from 1590s.

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