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Cross-patch

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A disagreeable, ill-tempered person, male or female. Patch means a fool or gossip; so called from his parti-coloured or patched dress. A cross-patch is an ill-tempered fool or gossip. Patch, meaning “fellow,” is common enough; half a dozen examples occur in Shakespeare, as a “scurvy patch,” a “soldier’s patch,” “What patch is made our porter?” “a crew of patches,” etc.

“Cross-patch, draw the latoh,

Sit by the fire and spin;

Take a cup, and drink it up,


Then call your neighbours in.


Old Nursery Rhyme.

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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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