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acknowledge the corn




An American expression. In a Congressional debate in 1828 one of the states which claimed to export corn admitted that the corn was actually used to feed hogs, and exported in that form. - Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable 1970 Centenary Edition.


acknowledge the corn

  1. (idiomatic) To admit to the truth of the point at issue or to a mistake; to cop a plea; or perhaps to admit to a small error but not a larger one. "I hope he will give up the argument, or to use a familiar phrase acknowledge the corn" (Mr. Speight of Mississippi speaking in the U.S. Senate in 1846).
    • 1859, J. Underwood, letter to the editor, Samuel W. Cole (editor), The New England Farmer, Volume 11,
      I should like to take a job of that kind on a wager with him, or any other New Hampshire man, and if I did not come out a little ahead on the "home stretch," why then I would "acknowledge the corn," and own myself beaten.
    • 1880, Parliament of Canada, Official report of the debates of the House of Commons of the Dominion of Canada‎:
      Will the hon. gentleman acknowledge the corn? He does not do it. He is non-committal.
    • 1892, The American magazine‎,
      They had simply to "acknowledge the corn," round up, and — "vamoose"; then, so soon as the soldiers had gone back to the fort, there was no law to prevent their returning.

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