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Galway cheek – 1913

Ballybranigan EO'D
Ballybranigan
EO’D
THE BEMIDJI DAILY PIONEER 5TH APRIL, 1913 P2
CHEEK (abridged)

“Cheek” in the sense of impudence is an old term. The earliest quotation in Sir James Murray’s dictionary is from Captain Marryat (1840). But it has lately been found in the sixteenth century records of Galway, in the west of Ireland. The municipal rulers decreed that any person giving “cheek” to the mayor should “forfeit 100 shillings and have his body put in prison”.