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1917, Sinclair Lewis, The Innocents:
- Those pink-satin evening slippers simply lose all their display value when you stick those red-kid bed-slippers right up ferninst them that way.
1893, Edward Eggleston, Duffels:
- "It's right ferninst where yer afther stan'in, up the stairs on the corner of Granefield Coort--over there, bedad."
1874, Ambrose Bierce, Cobwebs From an Empty Skull:
- But Fate, as he expressed it in the vernacular, was "ferninst him."