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Badge of Poverty

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In former times those who received parish relief had to wear a badge. It was the letter P, with the initial of the parish to which they belonged, in red or blue cloth, on the shoulder of the right sleeve. (See Dyvour.)

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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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Bactrian Sage
Bad
Bad Blood
Bad Books
Bad Debts
Bad Form
Bad Lot (A)
Bad Shot (A)
Badaud
Badge of Poverty
Badge-men
Badger (A)
Badger (To)
Badinage
Badinguet
Badingueux
Badminton
Baffle
Bag
Bag (To)