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 Bed’reddin’ Hassan,Bedver. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
American slang for one’s last shilling. A miner’s term, called in England the “stone-head,” and in America, the “Bed-rock,” the hard basis rock. When miners get to this bed the mine is exhausted. “I’m come down to the bed-rock,” i.e. my last dollar.   1
        “‘No, no!’ continued Tennessee’s partner, hastily, ‘I’ll play this yer hand alone. I’ve come down to the bed-rock; it’s just this: Tennessee, thar, has played it pretty rough and expensive, like, on a stranger… Now what’s the fair thing? Some would say more, and some would say less. Here’s seventeen hundred dollars in coarse gold and a watch—it’s about all my pile—and call it square.’”—Bret Harte: Tennessee’s Partner.

 Bed’reddin’ Hassan,Bedver. 


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