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Laʹzy

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Lazy as David Lawrence’s dog. Here Lawrence is a corruption of Larrence, an imaginary being supposed by Scottish peasantry to preside over the lazy and indolent. Laziness is called “Larrence.” (See and compare Davy Jones.)

Lazy as Joe, the marine, who laid down his musket to sneeze. (Sailor’s proverb.)

Lazy as Ludlam’s dog, which leaned his head against the wall to bark. This Ludlam was the famous sorceress of Surrey, who lived in a cave near Farnham, called “Ludlam’s Cave.” She kept a dog, noted for its laziness, so that when the rustics came to consult the witch, it would hardly condescend to give notice of their approach, even with the ghost of a bark. (Ray: Proverbs.)

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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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Layers-over for Meddlers
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Lazarists
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Lazarone
Lazarus
Lazy
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Lazy Lobkin (A)
Lazy Man’s Load
Lazyland (Gone to)
Lazzaroni
LÉtat cest Moi (I am the State)
Le Roi le Veut (French, The king wills it.)
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Leach, Leachcraft

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