- prisoner of war.
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- an exclamation imitative of a collision, explosion, etc
- Scot the head or a head of hair
a Scot variant of poll
- Scot a creek or slow stream
C15: from earlier Scots poll
- prisoner of war
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Word Origin and History for p.o.w.
also POW, initialism for prisoner of war, coined 1919 but not common until World War II.
expression imitative of a blow, collision, etc., first recorded 1881.
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