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Mason-Dixon line


One of the most successful hedge fund managers in the country, he was wildly wealthy, handsome, and considered by many to be the most eligible bachelor south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  symbolic dividing line between North and South before the American Civil War — specifically the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania
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  • One of the most successful hedge fund managers in the country, he was wildly wealthy, handsome, and considered by many to be the most eligible bachelor south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • One of the nastiest abettors of the hateful dogma purveyed below the Mason-Dixon line, he seemed to me also—while I brooded over the haggard figure in a baggy white Palm Beach suit, ravaged like one already seized by death’s hand even as he slouched past a frayed palmtree into the New Orleans clinic—one of its chief and most wretched victims, and the faintest breath of regret accompanied my murmured farewell.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The church had opened anew, this time firmly in the hands of Methodists from north of the Mason-Dixon line, a dangerous combination, my mother said.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Since then I’ve sometimes been overcome with a passion to return into that "heart of darkness" across the Mason-Dixon line, but then I remind myself that the true darkness lies within my own mind, and the idea loses itself in the gloom.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man

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  • The bitter animosities on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line which had engulfed Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton and Sam Houston continued unabated for some two decades after the war.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Has any one of you gentlemen ever thought that there’s not a cannon factory south of the Mason-Dixon Line?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • That he was born just south of the Mason-Dixon Line and nearly a northerner means nothing.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Clusters of similarly colored dots define a dialect area but also show how pronunciations from a neighboring area can infiltrate or bleed into it—for example, how the typically Southern pronunciation of / (a single syllable resembling Ah) pops up in states north of the Mason-Dixon Line, where the usual pronunciation makes / sound more like two syllables, Eye-ee.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Mason-Dixon line [7] , Cape of Good Hope [7]
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