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Plugson of Undershot

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Carlyle’s typical commercial Radical in the middle of the 19th century, who found that no decent Tory would shake hands with him; but at the close of the century found free-competition company with latter-day Tories.

“There are two motive forces which may impel the Plugsons of Toryism … the pressure is not great enough to … overcome the vis inertia of Plugson and Co.”—Nineteenth Century, Dec., 1892, p. 878.

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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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