• WordNet 3.6
    • n murphy an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Finagle's Law was the one that went, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." Not Murphy's Law.
    • n Murphy A potato.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Murphy's oil soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
    • n Murphy A potato.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Murphy mur′fi (coll.) a potato
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  • Bert Whitney
    Bert Whitney
    “If I traveled to the end of the rainbow as Dame Fortune did intend, Murphy would be there to tell me the pot's at the other end.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the common Irish name Murphy.


In literature:

Jim removed Murphy's knife, then picked up the gun himself.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Murphy, Edgar G., "The Present South," 388; on negro problem, 408.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
Mr. Antony Murphy, an employee of the road, was also on the train.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
What would Miss Slammer think of us if she knew how often we had tea with Mrs. Murphy and Mr. Murphy, too?
"Molly Brown's Senior Days" by Nell Speed
With an Essay on his Life and Genius, by ARTHUR MURPHY, Esq.
"Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61" by Abner Doubleday
Murphy, marching with his flock to the house of a neighbouring Protestant clergyman, bade him and his terrified friends surrender.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
I know it 's all true, fur Mis' Murphy, while she was n't jest a-listenin', lives next door and heerd it all.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Murphy, Father John, 409.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Murphy himself has sighted it.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
Murphy " " 4411 Pte.
"The Second Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War" by Cecil Francis Romer and Arthur Edward Mainwaring

In poetry:

"I heard onst of a barque," said Murphy.
"Becalmed, that couldn't get a breath,
Till all the crowd was sick with scurvy
An' the skipper drunk himself to death."
"Doldrums: One Of Murphy's Yarns" by Cicely Fox Smith
By Murphy’s Hotel as I loitered along
I heard an old shellback a-singing his song,
A crazy old chorus, a song of no skill,
In a voice that was boozy, and broken, and shrill.
"The Old Shellback" by Cicely Fox Smith
But go at once— make no delay,
And join the Blue Ribbon Army without dismay,
And rally round Mr Murphy, and make a bold stand,
And help to drive the Bane of Society from our land.
"A Tribute to Mr Murphy and the Blue Ribbon Army" by William Topaz McGonagall
South o' Cape Stiff, in the darkness an' the cold,
In come the New Year and out went the Old:
Close beside my elbow I heard Mike Murphy say:
"This year, so 'elp me, I'm goin' to save me pay."
"New Year" by Cicely Fox Smith
P.S. — This is cramped — if there's no one to read it.
Send for Tim Murphy, he'll know every stroke.
Ye all have my blessing, I know that ye'll need it,
So no more at present from Teddy O'Rourke.
"Paddy's Letter, 1857" by Anonymous Oceania
"Ships are like folks," said Murphy, "the way there's good an' bad
An' weak an' strong among 'em, an' steady ones an' mad,
The way they're wild an' willing, an' kind an' cruel too,
The way there's fair an false ones, an' homely ones an' true."
"Ships And Folks" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

"If you think you're going to have one great hit app, you should do it on your own," says Matt Murphy, the general manager of the iFund.
Mike Murphy said racing is something that has kind of always been in his blood.
JODY MURPHY (, Parkersburg News and Sentinel.
Eddie Murphy died again, according to the Internet.
Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wilson, Raven-Symone, with the voices of Steve Zahn, Lisa Kudrow, Norm Macdonald.
Article July 31, 2007 By Ian P Murphy.
Murphy Oil Spinning Off Downstream.
Murphy Oil to Spin Off US Downstream Unit.
Murphy Oil Spinning Off Downstream .
Article May 06, 2008 By Ian P Murphy.
Dropkick Murphys at Headliners.
Sunday night the Celtic punk/rock band, Dropkick Murphys, came into town to play at Headliners Music Hall.
Dropkick Murphys ain't 'Going Out' like that.
If you go Dropkick Murphys Sept 21 Bank of America Pavilion 290 Northern Ave, Boston, $36-$55, 800-745-3000
Daniel G Murphy is the new chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.

In science:

Murphy et al. (2001c) have placed upper limit on y at redshift z = 0.25 and at redshift z = 0.68.
Testing theories that predict time variation of fundamental constants
Murphy [OMNIS collaboration], “The observatory for multiflavor neutrinos from supernovae,” Nucl.
Physics with Supernovae
Sean Murphy, Kenneth Paterson, and Peter Wild, A weak cipher that generates the symmetric group, J.
Group theory in cryptography
We note however, that the idea of uniformly least favorable submodels is a new concept in semiparametric settings, which is not discussed in Murphy and van der Vaart (2000).
On asymptotically optimal tests under loss of identifiability in semiparametric models
We further decompose (9) as (17) in Murphy and van der Vaart (2000), which can be easily verified by the Taylor expansion and the uniform boundedness on the first and second derivatives of the loglikelihood.
On asymptotically optimal tests under loss of identifiability in semiparametric models