Saturday, December 20, 2014

phrase of the day: over the transom

The phrase of the day is over the transom:

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"Hume, Cloherty, and Owens don't remember where Whitten got the tip-off about the Frankfurter theft.  'We called our chief source O.T. Transom,' Owens told me,.  'For "over the transom."'"

 - Jill Lepore, "The Great Paper Caper: Someone swiped Justice Frankfurter's papers.  What else has gone missing?", 1 December 2014 The New Yorker

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