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Foul Proof


A proof is a rough impression of a manuscript set up in type, or of a drawing engraved, for the author’s correction. The proof with many faults is a foul proof, but the “pull,” after the errors are corrected, is termed a clean proof. These impressions are called proofs because they must be approved of by author and reader before they are finally printed.

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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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Foss (Corporal)
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Foul-weather Jack
Fountain of Death
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Four Letters
Four Masters
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