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A fawning, mean-spirited fellow, a crop-tailed dog (latin, curtus, crop-tailed. French, court; our curt). According to forest laws, a man who had no right to the privilege of the chase was obliged to cut off the tail of his dog. Hence, a degenerate dog or man is called a cur.

“What would you have, you curs,

That like nor peace nor war?”


Shakespeare: Coriolanus, i. 1.

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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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Cup of Vows (The)
Cups
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Cupar Justice
Cupboard Love
Cupid
Cupid and Psyche
Cupid’s Golden Arrow
Cupidon (Le jeune)
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Curate
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Curetes
Curfew Bell
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Currente Calamo (Latin)
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