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Red Rag (The)

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The tongue. In French, Le chiffon rouge; and balancer le chiffon rouge means to prate.

“Discovering in his mouth a tongue,

He must not his palaver balk;

So keeps it running all day long,

And fancles his red rag can talk.”


Peter Pindar: Lord B. and his Motions.

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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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