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come-all-ye

[kuhm-awl-yee]
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noun
  1. a street ballad, especially in England.
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Also come-all-you [kuhm-awl-yoo] /ˈkʌmˌɔlˌyu/.

Origin of come-all-ye

First recorded in 1885–90; after the invitation that often forms the opening line of such ballads
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Historical Examples

  • He was a grand fiddler, a grand singer, and had made more "Come-all-ye's" than you could count on your fingers and toes.

    The Harbor Master

    Theodore Goodridge Roberts

  • Mary was sewing beside the stove, and Pat was mumbling over the first verse of a new "come-all-ye."

    The Harbor Master

    Theodore Goodridge Roberts


British Dictionary definitions for come-all-ye

come-all-ye

noun
  1. a street ballad or folk song
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Word Origin

C19: from the common opening words come all ye (young maidens, loyal heroes, etc)…
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