1939, in the meaning defined above
from the notion that a smart athlete would not play such a grueling position
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“Tools of ignorance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tools%20of%20ignorance. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.
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