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Mrs. Anne Turner, half-milliner, half-procuress, introduced into England the French custom of using yellow starch in getting up bands and cuffs. She trafficked in poison, and being concerned in the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury, appeared on the scaffold with a huge ruff. This was done by Lord Coke’s order, and was the means of putting an end to this absurd fashion.

“I shall never forget poor Mistress Turner, my honoured patroness, peace be with her! She had the ill-luck to meddle in the matter of Somerset and Overbury, and so the great earl and his lady slipt their necks out of the collar, and left her and some half-dozen others to suffer in their stead.”—Sir Walter Scott: Fortunes of Nigel, viii.

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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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Stannary Courts
Star (A)
Star (in Christian art)
Star Chamber
Star-crossed
Star of Bethlehem (The)
Star of the South
Stars and Garters! (My)
Stars and Stripes (The) or the Star-spangled Banner
Starboard and Larboard
Starch
Starry Sphere
Starvation Dundas
Starved with Cold
Stations
Statira
Stator [the stopper or arrestor]
Statue
Status of Great Men
Statute Fairs
Steak