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A tip; a gratuity.
[Pidgin English, from Amoy kámsiā, an expression of thanks, from Middle Chinese kam´ sɦia` (also the source of Mandarin gǎnxiè) : kam´, to feel + sɦia`, to decline, excuse oneself, thank.]
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(used, esp formerly, by beggars in Chinese ports) a present or tip
[C19: from pidgin English, from Chinese (Amoy) kam siā, from Mandarin kan hsieh grateful thanks]
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a present; gratuity; tip.
[1810–20; < dial. Chinese (Xiamen) kam siā= Chinese gân xiè grateful thanks]
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