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Leather or Prunella

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It is all leather or prunella. Nothing of any moment, all rubbish. Prunella is a woollen stuff, used for the uppers of ladiesʹ boots and shoes. (See Salt.)

Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow,

The rest is all but leather or prunella.”


Pope: Essay on Man.

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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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