Archaic Definition of the Week – X-Chaser

ADOTWx-chaser. ‘A naval officer with high theoretical qualifications’ [Royal Navy] : from early C. 20 … The x is that x which figures so disturbingly in mathematics. Also [Royal Air Force] : ‘Damned if I know. Chasing X has never been my strong suit.’

Partidge’s Concise Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English from the work of Eric Partridge

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