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Aug 1, 2008This week's theme
Words with hidden connections to animals
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Metaphorical descriptions of people
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:Looking gaunt or exhausted, as from fatigue, suffering, hunger, age, etc.
ETYMOLOGY:Of uncertain origin, apparently from Old French hagard (wild falcon), perhaps influenced by the word hag. The word is still used for a hawk captured as an adult.
USAGE:"The war photos [show] a haggard, sweaty, unshaven Marine sucking on a canteen during one of those hellacious South Pacific island battles of World War II."
Peter Carlson; Flashes of Memory; Washington Post; Jun 8, 2008.
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