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Annie Oakley? Charlie Taverna ColoradoJake charlie_t@mindspring.com as per qbp encyclopedia of word and phrase origins

Her most famous trick was to toss the five of hearts into the air and shoot holes through all its pips.

The riddled card reminded circus performers of their punched meal tickets, which they began to call Annie Oakleys, and the name was soon transferred to free railroad and press passes, both of which were customarily punched with a hole in the center.

Today all complimentary passes, punched or not, are called Annie Oakleys.



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