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Linsey-woolsy Million (The)


The great unwashed. The artisan class, supposed to dress in linsey-woolsy. “Broadcloth” being for the gentry.

Truth needs not, John, the eloquence of oaths;

Not more than a decent suit of clothes

Requires of broad gold lace thʹ expensive glare,

That makes the linsey-woolsy million stare.”

Peter Pindar: Silvanus Urban.

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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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Linne (The Heir of)
Linsey-woolsy Million (The)
Linspe (French, 2 syl.)
Lion (as an agnomen)
Lion (as an emblem)
Lion (grateful for kindness):
Lion-hunter (A)
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