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Drat ʹem!

A variant of Od rot ʹem! 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.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Dragon’s Teeth
Dragonades
Dragoons
Drake
Drama
Drama of Exile (A)
Dramatic Unities (The thrée)
Dramatis Personæ
Drap
Drapier’s Letters
Drat em!
Draught of Thor (The)
Draupnir
Draw
Draw it Mild (To)
Draw the Long Bow (To)
Drawback
Drawcansir
Drawing-room
Drawing the Cork
Drawing the King’s (or Queen’s) Picture