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receipts

noun plural; analogy
Proof of things done or said in the past.
 
Usually used to refer to proof of negative things or wrongdoings to be used against someone or some group of people in the present. Frequently used in public and celebrity feuds when someone claims not to have done something they were accused of as in “He said he never said that but she had receipts.” Also used generally to refer to having some kind of social ammunition on others as in “Don’t come for me, I always keep receipts.”
Etymology : A metaphor derived from the literal meaning of receipts, as in an itemized list of things purchased.
Source : “He really thought he could lie about that, as if she didn’t keep receipts” (comment on a twitter post 11/12/19)
Last modified: 7 December 2019


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