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 Racket.Racy Style. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Racy.
 
Having distinctive piquancy, as racy wine. It was first applied to wine, and, according to Cowley, comes to us from the Spanish and Portuguese raiz (root), meaning having a radical or distinct flavour; but probably it is a corruption of “relishy” (French, reléché, flavorous).   1
       
“Rich, racy verse, in which we see
The soil from which they come, taste, smell, and see.”
       
Cowley.
 


 Racket.Racy Style. 

 
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