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Shrimp

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A child, a puny little fellow, in the same ratio to a man as a shrimp to a lobster. Fry is also used for children. (Anglo-Saxon, scrine-an, to shrink; Danish, skrumpe; Dutch, krimpen.)

“It cannot be this weak and writhled shrimp

Would strike such terror to his enemies.”


Shakespeare: 1 Henry VI., ii. 3.

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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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