jim-dandy

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jim-dandy

  1. (chiefly US, colloquial) Excellent, outstanding.
    • c. 1900, O. Henry, The Passing of Black Eagle [1]:
      As its speed increased, and the black masses of chaparral went whizzing past on either side, the express messenger, lighting his pipe, looked through his window and remarked, feelingly: "What a jim-dandy place for a hold-up!"
    • 1960, Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, chapter 8 (Jem's first snowman):
      We could not wait for Atticus to come home for dinner, but called and said we had a big surprise for him. He seemed surprised when he saw most of the back yard in the front yard, but he said we had done a jim-dandy job. "I didn't know how you were going to do it," he said to Jem, "but from now on I'll never worry about what'll become of you, son, you'll always have an idea."

Noun[edit]

jim-dandy (plural jim-dandies)

  1. (chiefly US, colloquial) Something that is a very superior example of its kind of thing.
    • 1895, Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage, chapter 10:"
      The tattered man stood musing. "Well, he was reg'lar jim-dandy fer nerve, wa'n't he," said he finally in a little awestruck voice. "A reg'lar jim-dandy." He thoughtfully poked one of the docile hands with his foot. "I wonner where he got 'is stren'th from? I never seen a man do like that before. It was a funny thing. Well, he was a reg'lar jim-dandy."

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