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Woodcock (A)

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A fool is so called from the supposition that woodcocks are without brains. Polonius tells his daughter that protestations of love are “springes to catch woodcocks.” (Shakespeare: Hamlet, i. 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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Wolf’s-bane
Wolves
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Woodbine
Woodcock (A)
Wooden Horse (The)
Wooden Horse (To ride the)
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