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Billy Barlow

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A street droll, a merry Andrew; so called from a half-idiot of the name, who fancied himself “some great personage.” He was well known in the East of London, and died in Whitechapel workhouse. Some of his sayings were really witty, and some of his attitudes really droll.

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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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