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Out of Sight

out-of-sight was Bowery slang for astonishingly excellent in the 1890s.

It was used by Stephen Crane at least four times in Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (New York: 1893).
Visiting a museum, our heroine utters, ‘Dis is outa sight.’ She could have been speaking 70 years later.

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