A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 18, 2009
Texas Switch

A “Texas switch” is to replace one object with another (similar, but usually inferior) object. The term “Texas switch” is of unknown origin and does not appear to have many printed citations, but it appears in the Urban Dictionary and was mentioned on the Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP,


Urban Dictionary
Texas Switch
To purposely change, alter, or remove and replace and object and feign its originality in order to keep or steal the “real” object.
Well Me and Joe have the same model of wireless phone. I broke my phone last weekend. So Wensday at work I pulled a Texas Switch with Joe and my SIM cards. MY PHONE WORKS NOW!
by Jacklemen Hearse Jul 21, 2008

LiveJournal
christianoutlaw wrote,
@ 2006-06-02 22:10:00
(...)
We basically just pull a Texas switch after swapping some of the items out of the old trays. Inhalers, among other items, go into the new trays with that day’s medication.

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By Jeff Swindoll Jan 21, 2008, 13:54 GMT
(...)
So Marshall Weathers (Luce Rains) manufactures a stop at Evans’ ranch to pull a Texas switch and hide Wade at the ranch and put a substitute in the stage. 

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Wednesday, November 18, 2009 • Permalink