|Definition||to take off in a rocket|
|OED requirements||antedating 1937|
|Earliest cite||E.E. Smith, 'Galactic Patrol'|
|Comment||Jeff Prucher submitted a 1940 cite from Robert Arthur in Thrilling Wonder. Fred Galvin submitted cites from a 1983 reprint of E.E. 'Doc' Smith's "Galactic Patrol". This had been rewritten by Smith for book publication: Mike Christie found one cite missing in the original 1937 serialization, but was able to verify another in this version.
Earliest cite in the OED: 1951.
|Last modified||6 July, 2008|
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|1937 Astounding Stories Sept. 31/2||How long do you figure it'll be before it's safe for us to blast off?|