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Toyshop of Europe (The)

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So Burke called Birmingham. Here “toy” does not refer to playthings for children, but small articles made of steel. “Light toys” in Birmingham mean mounts, small steel rings, sword hilts, and so on; while “heavy steel toys” mean champagne-nippers, sugar-cutters, nut-crackers, and all similar articles.

⁂ A whim or fancy is a toy. Halliwell quotes (MS. Harl. 4888), “For these causes … she ran at random … as the toy took her.”

It also means an anecdote or trifling story. Hence Latimer (1550) says, “And here I will tell you a merry toy.”

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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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Tout (pronounce towt)
Tout Ensemble (French)
Tout est Perdu Hormis LHonneur
Tout le Monde
Tower of Hunger
Tower of London
Towers of Silence
Town (A)
Town and Gown Row (A)
Toyshop of Europe (The)
Tracing of a Fortress (The)
Tracts for the Times
Tractarians
Tracy
Trade
Trade Mark
Trade Winds
Trade follows the Flag
Tradesmen’s Signs
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