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I am currently struggling through Eiji Yoshikawa's Taiko. If I run across a word which I cannot find in edict, I will add it here with the sentence in which I found it as a quotation.


quotations for 'deadhead'[edit]

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  • 1901 R. J. Broadbent, A History of Pantomime
    Among the Romans.... The free admission tickets were small ivory death's heads, and specimens of these are to be seen in the Museum of Naples. From this custom, it is stated, that we derive our word "Deadhead," as denoting one who has a free entrance to places of amusement.
  • 1904 Rudyard Kipling, Traffics and Discoveries
    Then I went aboard to see her crated, and there I struck my fellow-passengers--all deadheads, same as me. Well, Sir, I turned in my tracks where I stood and besieged the ticket-office, and I said, 'Look at here, Van Dunk. I'm paying for my passage and her room in the hold--every square and cubic foot.' 'Guess he knocked down the fare to himself; but I paid. I paid. I wasn't going to deadhead along o' _that_ crowd of Pentecostal sweepings.
  • 1908 Allen Chapman, Bart Stirling's Road to Success
    "Don't what, my friend?" mildly asked the Professor.
    "Deadhead—beat the express company. You're one trunk—and excess weight."
    "I don't dispute it. What, then?"
    "Pay," promptly and definitely announced the agent.
  • 1910, Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin, Edison, His Life and Inventions
    He said that if the operator had taken $800 and sent the message at the regular rate, which was twenty-five cents, it would have been all right, as the Jew would be punished for trying to bribe a military operator; but when the operator took the $800 and then sent the message deadhead, he couldn't stand it, and he would never relent.
  • 1910 William Hard, "The Women of Tomorrow", Everybody's Magazine
    Her family had trained her to deadhead her way through life and she did it.
  • 1910 Edward Fordham Spence, Our Stage and Its Critics
    Let us consider the deadhead for a while. First, it is necessary to point out that there are several species. The genus includes all members of the audience who do not pay for their seats.
  • 1913, Rex Beach, The Iron Trail
    The endless cable propelling the contrivance ran through a metal block which was secured to a deadhead sunk between the ties, and up to this post Dan hastened.
  • 1914, Booth Tarkington, Penrod
    Megaphones were constructed out of heavy wrapping-paper, and Penrod, Sam, and Herman set out in different directions, delivering vocally the inflammatory proclamation of the poster to a large section of the residential quarter, and leaving Roderick Magsworth Bitts, Junior, with Verman in the loft, shielded from all deadhead eyes.
  • 1917 Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 153.
    Intimately connected with this question is the case of the "deadhead," argued with the zeal that is according to knowledge by that eminent playwright, Mr. HEMMERDE, who knows all about the free-list and its services in "enabling the management to keep the house properly dressed"—this refers, of course, to the front of the house—during the doubtful first weeks of a new play.
  • 1934, Lester Dent (as Kenneth Robeson), BRAND OF THE WEREWOLF, A Doc Savage Adventure
    "I'll deadhead the message for you, Mr. Savage. It won't cost a thing."
  • 1953 Murray Leinster, Space Tug
    Every fraction of every ounce of rocket mass was used for drive. No tanks or pumps or burners rode deadhead after they ceased to be useful.