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Bummarees

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A class of middlemen or fish-jobbers in Billingsgate Market, who get a living by bummareeing, i.e. buying parcels of fish from the salesmen, and then retailing them. A corruption of bonne marée, good fresh fish, or the seller thereof. According to the Dictionnaire de lʹAcadémie, marée means toute sorte de poisson de mer que nʹest pas salé. Bonne marée, marée fraiche.

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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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Bulletin
Bulling the Barrel
Bullion
Bully
Bully-boy (A)
Bully-rook
Bum-bailiff
Bum-boat
Bumble
Bumbledom
Bummarees
Bumper
Bumpkin
Bumptious
Bun
Bunch of Fives
Buncle (John)
Bundle
Bundle of Sticks
Bundschuh [highlows]
Bung