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Primrose (George)

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Son of the worthy Vicar of Wakefield. He went to Amsterdam to teach the people English, but forgot that he could not do so till he knew something of Dutch himself. (Goldsmith: Vicar of Wakefield.)

Moses Primrose. Brother of the above, noted for giving in barter a good horse for a gross of worthless green spectacles with copper rims and shagreen cases. (Goldsmith: Vicar of Wakefield.)

Mrs. Deborah Primrose. Mother of the above; noted for her motherly vanity, her skill in housewifery, and her desire to be genteel. Her wedding gown is a standing simile for things thatwear well.” Her daughtersʹ names are Olivia and Sophia. (Goldsmith: Vicar of Wakefield.)

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The Rev. Dr. Primrose. Husband of Mrs. Deborah, and Vicar of Wakefield. As simple-minded and unskilled in the world as Goldsmith himself, unaffectedly pious, and beloved by all who knew him. (Goldsmith: Vicar of Wakefield.)

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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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Priest … Knight
Priest of the Blue-bag
Prig
Prima Donna (Italian)
Prima Facie (Latin)
Primary Colours
Prime
Primed
Primero
Primitive Fathers (The)
Primrose (George)
Primrose
Primum Mobile
Primus
Prince
Prince of Wales (The)
Prince Rupert’s Drops
Prince’s Peers
Princox or Princocks
Prink
Printer’s Devil

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