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The term brand new or bran new was when new items were packaged up with unwanted bran grain in the 18th Century to protect the object during transit. When the item was unpacked, the owner would often find traces of bran in the item. Hence the term.
Adjectivebrand new (not comparable)
- utterly new, as new as possible
- 1807 two pair of bran-new plumpers - Alexander Chalmers - The British Essayists
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