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Jack Robinson

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Before you can say Jack Robinson. Immediately. Grose says that the saying had its birth from a very volatile gentleman of that name, who used to pay flying visits to his neighbours, and was no sooner announced than he was off again; but the following couplet does not confirm this derivation:—

“A warke it ys as easie to be done

As tys to saye Jacke! robys on.”


An old Play, cited by Halliwell: Arch. Dict.

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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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