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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Definitions for kickshaw

  1. a tidbit or delicacy, especially one served as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre.
  2. something showy but without value; trinket; trifle.

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Citations for kickshaw
When a stale cold fool is well heated, and hashed by a satirical cook, he may be tossed up into a kickshaw not disagreeable. Alexander Pope (1688–1744), Letter to Mr. Caryll, The Works of Alexander Pope: Volume VIII, 1824
Love is but a flitting shadow, a lure, a gimcrack, a kickshaw. Nathanael West, The Dream Life of Balso Snell, 1931
Origin of kickshaw
Kickshaw comes from an English pronunciation of quelque chose meaning "something" or "a little something." It entered English in the late 1500s.