Date: Thu, 5 May 1994 16:43:35 -0400
From: Cathy Ball CBALL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET
Subject: Case quarter
A colleague of mine has asked about the distribution and derivation of
the expression 'a case quarter' - as in, Do you have a case quarter?
Meaning, an actual quarter, as opposed to (say) two dimes and a nickel.
I myself don't recall ever having heard it before - the only thing
I could find in the OED that's even remotely plausible is 'case' with
tobacco, meaning 'in good physical condition', or 'case' in 'case-shot',
meaning 'shot, of the kind that comes in cases ... Any ideas?
-- Cathy Ball (cball[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]guvax.georgetown.edu)