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Diplomatic Cold (A)

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An excuse to get over a disagreeable engagement. Mr. Healy, M.P. (1885), said that Lord Hartington and Mr. Gladstone had “diplomatic colds,” when they pleaded indisposition as an excuse for not giving addresses at public meetings in which they were advertised to speak. The day after the meetings both gentlemen were “much better.”

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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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Dione
Dionysius (the younger)
Dionysos
Diophantine Analysis
Dioscuri
Diotrephes
Dip (A)
Diphthera
Diploma
Diplomacy
Diplomatic Cold (A)
Diplomatics
Diptych [diptik]
Dircæan Swan
Direct Tax
Directory
Dirleton
Dirlos (Count)
Dirt
Dirty Half-Hundred
Dirty Lane