Moss-back

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Moss-back an old fish: a person of antiquated views
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. meós; Dut. mos, Ger. moos.

Usage

In literature:

Those old moss-backs who have sent those instructions are trying to wreck the Vose line.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The moss had been dug out and put back again.
"The Young Alaskans" by Emerson Hough
She leaned back on the moss for a moment's rest, and then springing up recommenced to sing.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
So he started back to his bit place on Coledale Moss.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
My husband yesterday accused me of getting moss-backed.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
Moss got his car back, and three or four punctured tubes.
"The Man Who Drove the Car" by Max Pemberton
Overcome with misery and weakness he fell upon a bed of moss with his back toward the sunset and the unknown.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Iredale doesn't work like we 'moss-backs' have to, and he's made a fortune.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
Mr. Moss has sent it, and of course we must pay till we have sent it back again.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
He says Major Garnet means well, only he's a moss-back.
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
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In poetry:

Den der Kaiser say--"Tanks, Mr. Strauss,
On your back dere don't grow any moss;
I'll shoost blay some more pranks
On dose silly old Yanks"
Den he gif me von nice iron cross.
"The Kaiser Consults Fritz" by Abner Cosens

In news:

Former Syracuse Stage artistic director Robert Moss goes back on a professional stage as Man in the Chair in "The Drowsy Chaperone ," which is starting the 2010 season of Auburn's Merry-Go-Round Playhouse.
The Monterey Peninsula's search for a new water supply took yet another turn Wednesday night, when the Pacific Grove City Council voted to back developer Nader Agha's desalination project in Moss Landing.
Former Syracuse Stage artistic director Robert Moss goes back on a professional stage as Man in the Chair in "The Drowsy Chaperone," which is starting the 2010 season of Auburn's Merry-Go-Round Playhouse.
Skylar Moss enjoys floating on her back.
DENNIS BROWN patted down the last handful of peat moss around a circle of marigolds, stood back and admired the design.
Randy Moss back on field with 49ers.
Bill Belichick isn't bringing Randy Moss back to New England.
Brandon Moss and Yoenis Cespedes each clubbed home runs to back a solid.
Randy Moss' ride to the top of his game began back home in Hot Springs, Ark.
With a history dating back to 1733, each perfectly preserved building, cobblestone street and giant oak draped with moss seems to tell a story of bygone times.
When Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked about Randy Moss' return to Minnesota last week, he playfully begged forgiveness for not drafting the wide receiver (in 1998) who's spent his career paying him back on the field.
Back in 2010, writer Stephen Moss was vying to be named Oxford professor of poetry.
Kate Moss out, Kate Upton in: Healthy size models back in vogue .
In one of the most amazing finishes of the 2012 MIAA football season, Plymouth South beat Nauset, 13-12, on a last-second, 62-yard hook-and- ladder play from receiver Bobby Moss to running back Dylan Oxsen.
He's back: Vikings get Moss from Patriots in trade.
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