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durn

A vertical member on each side of a door, usually formed of a solid timber.
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Dutchy" refuses Sut's offer: "But he jist gin hit one spisious look an shuck his head--too durned smart for the no nuthins ef he were a thunderin Dutchman" (151).
It is not difficult to see erotic desire in the doctor's gothic gaze, especially when he displays his wish: "I'll be durned if that aint the finest lookin' darkey I ever put my eye on.
In "So which of you two galoots is the durned Dutch designer?