acknowledge the corn

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To cop a plea; to admit to a small error but not a larger one.

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  • An American expression. In a Congressional debate in 1828 one of the states which claimed to export corn admitted that the corn was actually used to feed hogs, and exported in that form. - Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable 1970 Centenary Edition.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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reconocer el maíz

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