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 Dra’pier’s Letters.Draught of Thor (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Drat ’em!
 
A variant of Od rot ’em! The first word is a minced form of the word God, as in “Od’s blood!” “Od zounds!”=God’s wounds, “Od’s bodikins,” etc. (See OD’S.) A correspondent in Notes and Queries suggests “[May] God out-root them!” but we have the words drattle and throttle (to choke) which would better account for the a and the o, and which are also imprecations.   1
 


 Dra’pier’s Letters.Draught of Thor (The). 

 
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