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Autolʹycus

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The craftiest of thieves. He stole the flocks of his neighbours, and changed their marks. Siʹsyphos outwitted him by marking his sheep under their feet, a device which so tickled the rogue that he instantly “cottoned” to him. Shakespeare introduces him in The Winter’s Tale as a pedlar, and says he was called the son of Mercury, because he was born under that “thieving planet.”

“Autolycus is no lapidary, though he drives a roaring trade in flash jewellery.”—Pall Mall Gazette.

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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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Ausonia
Auspices
Auster
Austin Friars
Austrian Lip
Aut Cæsar aut nullus [Latin, Either Cæsar or no one]
Authentic Doctor
Auto da Fe. [An act of faith.]
Autolycus
Automaton
Automedon
Autumn
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Avalanche
Avalon
Avant Courier. (French, avant courrier.)
Avant Garde. (French.)
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Ave Maria [Hail, Mary!] (Ave, 2 syl.)

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