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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BLACK-FASTIN(G), adj. Abstaining completely from food or drink.Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet vii.:
“Black-fasting from all but sin,” replied the supplicant.
Sc. 1825 Jam.2:
It is sarcastically said of a person who has got a bellyful, “I'm sure he's no black-fastin'.”

[Black here has intensive force.]

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