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Recorded in the late 1700s as a closing in a letter. Since the mid-1800s for "I", "me", or "myself".
- (idiomatic) Used to close a note or letter.
- In British English, yours truly is reserved for informal correspondence. In more formal writing, yours sincerely or yours faithfully are preferred.
closing in a note or letter
- (idiomatic, informal, humorous) I, me, or myself.
- This one was created by yours truly.
- 1951, C.S. Forester (novel), James Agee (screenplay), The African Queen, spoken by Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart):
- Nobody in Africa, but yours truly, can get a good head of steam on the old African Queen.
(idiomatic) me or I