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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BEAVER, n., in phr. withoot geein' your beaver, with complete coolness and presence of mind.w.Dmf. 1910 J. L. Waugh Cracks wi' Robbie Doo (1914) x.:
“Well,” says Miss M'Bride, withoot geein' her beaver, “who in the Bible wore the biggest turban?”

[Beaver once used for any hat into which beaver-fur entered.]

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