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Doe (1 syl.)

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John Doe and Richard Roe. Any plaintiff and defendant in an action of ejectment. They were sham names used at one time to save certain “niceties of law;” but the clumsy device was abolished in 1852. Any mere imaginary persons, or men of straw. John Doe, Richard Roe, John Noakes, and Tom Styles are the four sons of “Mrs. Harris,” all bound apprentices to the legal profession.

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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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Dodge
Dodge About (To)
Dodger
Dodger
Dodington
Dodipoll
Dodman
Dodona
Dods (Meg)
Dodson and Fogg
Doe
Doeg
Doff
Dog
Dog and Duck
Dog-cheap
Dog-days
Dog-fall (in wrestling)
Dog-grass (triticum repens)
Dog-head (in machinery)
Dog-headed Tribes

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