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A vertical member on each side of a door, usually formed of a solid timber.
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I caught him at the cafe, working tables (so deluded!), and all the time he brewed, he brooded.) Chickens don't live long afore they're fried and served with sauces, but I'll be durned if they don't seem to understand their losses.
On June 27, the Union and American published a "Note from Sut Lovingood" in which Sut claims no further ability to enlighten his Teutonic correspondent, for he is only a "nateral-born durned fool." He offers to forward a piece of the jug, "in the hope that thereby she may be able to judge of its gender" (88).
Then for some durned reason, he INCREASED power, which was the straw that broke this camel's back.
At the beginning of the first act of The Haunted (381) one of the townsmen remarks "that [it] was durned queer" that Ezra died on his first night back from the war, and earlier in the trilogy another townsman pronounces Ezra Mannon's death as being "queer ...
I was a little worried about winning that case myself, because that durned bull came home this morning."
Upon visiting a navy yard and inspecting a ship he is said to have noted, "Why, the durned thing's hollow." While still Secretary he accepted $25,000 as an agent of the French company organized to dig a Panama Canal.