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Passy-measure Pavin

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A pavin is a stately dance (see Pavan); a passy-measure pavin is a reeling dance or motion, like that of a drunken man, from side to side. Sir Toby Belch says of Dick Surgeon

“He’s a rogue and a passy-measure pavin. I hate a drunken rogue.”—Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, v. 1.

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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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Passe-partout
Passelourdin
Passelyon
Passing Bell (The)
Passing Fair
Passing Rich
Passion Flower
Passionists
Passover
Passy-measure or Passing-measure
Passy-measure Pavin
Pasteboard
Paston Letters
Pastorale of Pope Gregory
Patavinity
Patch
Patch (To)
Patelin
Patelinage
Patent Rolls
Pater Noster