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Used familiarly as a conversational filler to indicate or emphasize a person, thing, place, etc., which (named or not) can be understood contextually: ‘this very (thing)’, ‘that particular (person, place, etc.)’.
1950s; earliest use found in The New York Times. Reflecting a regional pronunciation of that kind; compare that kind of thing.
da kine/də ˈkʌɪn/
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