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Circumlocuʹtion Office

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A term applied in ridicule to our public offices, because each person tries to shuffle off every act to some one ēlse; and before anything is done it has to pass through so many departments, that every fly is crushed on a wheel. The term was invented by Charles Dickens, and appears in Little Dorrit.

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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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Cinque Cento
Cinque Ports (The)
Cinter (A)
Cipher
Circe
Circle of Ulloa
Circuit
Circumbendibus (A)
Circumcellians
Circumcised Brethren (in Hudibras)
Circumlocution Office
Ciric-Sceat or Church Scot
Cist (Greek kistê, Latin cista)
Cist Urn (A)
Cistercians
Citadel (A)
Cities
Citizen King (The)
City (A)
City College (The)
City of Bells (The)

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Circumlocution Office