To Balb: An airman's colloquialism, meaning the manœuvring of an opponent into a bad position. Of American origin, meaning to get round somebody. The word is possibly derived from the Balbus of old Latin grammars who "was building a wall."
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.14.
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