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Drawʹcansir

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A burlesque tyrant in The Rehearsal, by G. Villiers, Duke of Buckingham (1672). He kills every one, “sparing neither friend nor foe.” The name stands for a blustering braggart, and the farce is said to have been a satire on Dryden’s inflated tragedies. (See Bayes, Bobadil.)

“[He] frights his mistress, snubs up kings, battles armies, and does what he will, without regard to numbers, good sense, or justice.”—Bayes: The Rehearsal.

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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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Dramatis Personæ
Drap
Drapier’s Letters
Drat em!
Draught of Thor (The)
Draupnir
Draw
Draw it Mild (To)
Draw the Long Bow (To)
Drawback
Drawcansir
Drawing-room
Drawing the Cork
Drawing the King’s (or Queen’s) Picture
Drawing the Nail
Drawlatches
Drawn
Drawn Battle
Dreadnought
Dream Authorship
Dreamer

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