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Monday, April 03, 2017

Definitions for aginner

  1. Informal. a person who opposes a plan, proposed legislation, or any drastic change: He won the election by appealing to the aginners.

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Citations for aginner
In that prickly family atmosphere, McCormick grew up to be a reflexive ''aginner,'' a man of epic antagonisms, prodigious crotchets and--here his mother was wrong--fixed, taproot convictions impermeable to evidence or reason. David M. Kennedy, "Whatever It Is, I'm Against It," New York Times, July 13, 1997
It seems as if this country has become an "aginner." Such a policy will end in failure. We have to be for something, but first we must know just what we are for and put it in simple language ... C. W. Brown, "Re: Package of Freedom," The Rotarian, June 1951
Origin of aginner
The humorous phrase “to be agin the government” dates to the late 19th century. Agin is one of the many, many developments of the Middle English preposition again, agains, against, “opposite, toward” (against became the standard form of the preposition in Modern English). The earliest recorded spellings of agin appeared in the 18th century.