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Eligibles and Detrimentals

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Sons which are socially good and bad parties, to be introduced to daughters with a view of matrimony.        

“The County Families of the United Kingdom is useful to all who are concerned with questions of precedence, and especially useful to mothers who desire to distinguish between ‘eligiblesʹ and ‘detrimentals.ʹ”—Notes and Queries, February 1st, 1886, p. 119.

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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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Elf-land
Elf-locks
Elf-marked
Elf-shot
Elfin
Elgin Marbles
Elia
Eliab
Eliakim
Elidure
Eligibles and Detrimentals
Elijah’s Melons
Eliminate
Eliot (George)
Eliott’s Tailors
Elissa
Elissa (deficiency or parsimony; Greek, ellipsis)
Elivâger
Elixir of Life
Elizabeth
Elizabeth