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Admiral of the Blue

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A butcher who dresses in blue to conceal blood-stains. A tapster also is so called, from his blue apron. A play on the rear-admiral of the British navy, called “Admiral of the Blue (Flag).”

“As soon as customers begin to stir

The Admiral of the Blue cries, ‘Coming, Sir.ʹ”


Poor Robin, 1731.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Adiaphorists
Adieu
Adissechen
Adjective Colours
Adjourn
Adjournment of the House
Admirable (The)
Admirable Crichton (The)
Admirable Doctor (Doctor admirdbilis)
Admiral
Admiral of the Blue
Admiral of the Red
Admittance
Admonitionists or Admonitioners
Adolpha
Adonai
Adonais
Adonies
Adonis
Adonis of 50
Adonis Flower (The)

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