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Thank-you-ma'am

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thank-you-ma'am a ridge or hollow across a road—from the sudden bobbing of the head of a person in a vehicle crossing it
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. thanc, thonc, will, thanks; cog. with Ger. dank; from the root of think.

Usage

In literature:

I'se tolable, thank you, ma'am.
"The Pleasant Street Partnership" by Mary F. Leonard
You have merely come to one of those thank-you-ma'ams in story writing that all authors suffer.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
He took the candy with a shy, "Thank you, ma'am," and sat holding it in his hand.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Thank you kindly, ma'am, for listening to me.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
Thank you, ma'am, and good-day to you.
"Dorothy's Travels" by Evelyn Raymond
And thank you, ma'am!
"Miss Mapp" by Edward Frederic Benson
Oh, thank you, ma'am!
"Three Hats" by Alfred Debrun
Thank you, ma'am; I think I will.
"Funny Little Socks" by Sarah. L. Barrow
She said, "Thank you, ma'am," however, and walked away with Henry.
"The Fairchild Family" by Mary Martha Sherwood
Very well, thank you, ma'am.
"The Turn of the Road" by Rutherford Mayne
Thank you kindly, ma'am.
"Quality Street" by J. M. Barrie
Thank you for coming too, ma'am.
"The New Mistress" by George Manville Fenn
So, please, need I say, No, I thank you, ma'am, to 'em when they come round?
"The William Henry Letters" by Abby Morton Diaz
I thank you, ma'am, you meant to put me on my guard.
"The Master of the Ceremonies" by George Manville Fenn
I couldn't let myself be seen doing such a thing, ma'am: thank you, I am sure, all the same.
"Dramatic Technique" by George Pierce Baker
Then it went over a thank-you-ma'am and slid a little faster.
"The Corner House Girls Snowbound" by Grace Brooks Hill
Oh, thank you for nothing, ma'am!
"Sophia" by Stanley J. Weyman
Thank you kin'ly, ma'am, fuh speakin' to Mr.
"Mountain" by Clement Wood
Well, ma'am, I'll wish you good day, and thank you kindly.
"Pippin; A Wandering Flame" by Laura E. Richards
Thank you, ma'am, I should love a bun.
"Workhouse Characters" by Margaret Wynne Nevinson
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In news:

Yes ma'am, no sir, please and thank you are music to the ears of parents who are trying to teach little ones to mind their manners.
Rom com, thank you ma'am.
Wham, Jam, Thank You Ma'am.
SAHM, WOHM, WAHM, Thank You Ma'am.
Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am.
'Crash': Wham, Bam, No Thank You, Ma'am.
Wham, Bam, Thank You Ma'am – October 19, 2012.
Wham, Glam, Thank You Ma'am.
Wham, Jam, Thank You Ma'am.
Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am.
Wham, Bam, Thank You Ma'am – October 19, 2012.
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