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Yeoman’s Service

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Regular hard work; effectual service; excellent service whether in a good or bad cause. The reference is to the yeomen of the Free Companies.

“The whole training of Port Royal did him yeoman’s service.”—Shorthouse: Sir Percival, p. 56.


We found a long knife, and a knotted handkerchief stained with blood, with which Claude had no doubt recently done yeoman’s service.”—Miss Robinson: Whitefriars, chap. 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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