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izzard n  Also sp izard The letter z—used in var fig phrr, as:a A and izzard: The beginning and end, the epitome of (something). 1835 Nicklin Virginia Springs 19 (DAE), That celebrated spot which is . . the Ay and Izzard of a tour to the Virginia Springs. b from A to izzard: From beginning to end; thoroughly; in every detail.[1839 (1969) Briggs Advent. Franco 1.4 eNY, She read the dictionary through from A to izzard.] 1888 Harper New Mth. Mag. 76.783 eKS, [He] knows “from a to izzard” every detail of a soldier's needs.  1899 (1912) Green VA Folk-Speech 242, “From a to izzard.” From beginning to end; from first to last.  1907 Mulford Bar-20 137 West, One man who don't know nothin’ about prospectin’ goes an’ stumbles over a fortune an’ those who know it from A to Izzard goes 'round pullin’ in their belts.  1908 DN 3.313 eAL, wGA, I know this town from A to izzard.  1949 PADS 11.3 wTX, “He knows the Bible from A to izzard.” Rare. Old-fashioned.  1952 Brown NC Folkl. 1.554 c,eNC.c1960 Wilson Coll. csKY, He told me everything about his family, from a to izzard. 1966–68 DARE Tape MS15, Then I went on and told him from A to izzard; NJ15, [Aux Inf:] His mother was a lady from A to izzard.  1968 DARE (QR p189) Inf CA59, Read him the riot act from A to izzard. c know (or learn) A from izzard: To know (or learn) the most rudimentary thing. 1914 Furman Sight 42 KY, I . . never had no chance to l'arn ‘a’ from ‘izard.'  1965–69 DARE (Qu. JJ15b, Sayings about a person who seems . . very stupid: “He doesn't know _____ .”) Infs CA59, FL18, IN30, LA12, NC52, PA7, A from izzard. [5 of 6 Infs old, 1 mid-aged]

 

 

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