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Topsy

     
Topsy
a small black girl character in the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1851-52) by Harriet Beecher Stowe. When somebody asks her whether she knows who made her (that is, whether she has heard of God), she replies "I expect I grow'd" (=grew). People say something "just grew, like Topsy" when they are talking about something whose real origin is not known or about something that has gradually become very large.

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