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scurvy
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Gulliver's Travels
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  • He had before served me a scurvy trick, which set the queen alaughing, although at the same time she was heartily vexed, and would have immediately cashiered him, if I had not been so generous as to intercede.

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  • The slang term, "limey" to describe someone who is British, arose because of the British navy’s use of limes to prevent scurvy.
  • "The scurvy," Nathan interjected, "she means she’d had the scurvy, which was cured as soon as the Russians took over—"
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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