thank-you-ma'am

noun
\ ˈthaŋk-yu̇-ˌmam How to pronounce thank-you-ma'am (audio) , -(y)ē- \

Definition of thank-you-ma'am

: a bump or depression in a road especially : a ridge or hollow made across a road on a hillside to cause water to run off

First Known Use of thank-you-ma'am

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thank-you-ma'am

probably from its causing a nodding of the head

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The first known use of thank-you-ma'am was in 1849

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“Thank-you-ma'am.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thank-you-ma%27am. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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