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A.Word.A.Day--thank-you-ma'am

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thank-you-ma'am (THANGK yoo mam) noun

A bump or depression in a road.

[From the nod of the head that results when one passes over it in a vehicle, as if in an acknowledgment of a favor.]

"We all have our troubles. It isn't everybody that can ride to heaven in a C-spring shay, as my poor husband used to say; and life's a road that's got a good many thank-you-ma'ams to go bumpin' over, says he." Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Guardian Angel, 1868.

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