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Oracle (Sir)

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A dogmatical person, one not to be gainsaid. The ancient oracles professed to be the responses of the gods, from which there could be no appeal.

“I am Sir Oracle,

And when I ope my lips let no dog bark.”


To work the oracle. To induce another to favour some plan or join in some project.


“They fetched a rattling price through Starlight’s working the oracle with those swells.”—Boldrewood: Robbery under Arms, chap. xii.

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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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