dern


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dern

(dɜːn)
n
1. a secret; a secret place
2. secrecy; concealment
3. a gatepost
4. darkness
adj
5. hidden; concealed; secret
6. sorrowful; dreary; gloomy
vb
7. (tr) to keep hidden
8. to (cause to) hide
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I wouldn't give a dern to know what's the matter of Phillips, I says to myself.
Last time, you kep' me a-meowing around till old Hays went to throwing rocks at me and says 'Dern that cat!' and so I hove a brick through his window -- but don't you tell."
As that gentleman happened at the moment to be staring me squarely in the face as I stood by the roadside it was not altogether clear whether he was addressing me or his beasts; nor could I say if they were named Fuddy and Duddy and were both subjects of the imperative verb "to gee-up." Anyhow the command produced no effect on us, and the queer little man removed his eyes from mine long enough to spear Fuddy and Duddy alternately with a long pole, remarking, quietly but with feeling: "Dern your skin," as if they enjoyed that integument in common.
At the enunciation of the aspirate, Fuddy-Duddy, the incapable terrapin, came to a dead halt, and before the vowel had died away up the ravine had folded up all his eight legs and lain down in the dusty road, regardless of the effect upon his derned skin.
Couldn't bear 'im out of 'is sight, the derned protoplasm!
He didn't put on so much dog about it w'en we were alone as w'en he had the ear of a derned Spectacular Extravaganza like you.
"Pretty soon after I looked at him through that knot-hole, w'en you had put something in his w'isky, you derned Borgia!"
"On the 22d of June he sold his dog--said 'Dern a dog, anyway, where you're just starting off on a rattling bully pleasure tramp through the summer woods and hills--perfect nuisance--chases the squirrels, barks at everything, goes a-capering and splattering around in the fords-- man can't get any chance to reflect and enjoy nature-- and I'd a blamed sight ruther carry the claim myself, it's a mighty sight safer; a dog's mighty uncertain in a financial way- -always noticed it--well, GOOD-by, boys--last call--I'm off for Tennessee with a good leg and a gay heart, early in the morning.'"
Whenever they get holes in 'em, I want yeh to send 'em right-away back to me, so's I kin dern 'em.
"I don't believe the derned old army's ever going to move.
Washington DC, [USA] Sept 28 ( ANI ): Late Hollywood superstar Burt Reynolds has been replaced for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood', and is none other than actor Bruce Dern of 'Django Unchained' fame who has been brought as a replacement.
"May we teach all of our children that speaking out without fear of retribution is our new North Star," said Dern, accepting her Globe.