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Blackamoor

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Washing the blackamoor whitei.e. engaged upon a hopeless and useless task. The allusion is to one of Æsop’s fables so entitled.

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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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Black Strap
Black Swan
Black-thorn Winter (The)
Black Thursday
Black Tom
Black Watch
Black … White
Blacks
Blacks (The)
Blackacre (Widow)
Blackamoor
Blackness
Blacksmith
Bladamour
Blade
Bladud
Blachefleur
Blandiman
Blaney
Blank Cartridge
Blank Cheque