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Johnnies

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British bourgeois. Byron, February 23rd, 1824, writes to Murray his publisher respecting an earthquake:

“If you had but seen the English Johnnies, who had never been out of a cockney workshop before … [running away … ].”

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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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