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Collapse of stout party standard dénouement in Victorian humour; the phrase is supposed to come from Punch, as the characteristic finishing line of a joke, but no actual example has been traced, although the character Stout Party appeared in a cartoon of 1855.

put a stout heart to a stey brae Scottish proverbial saying, late 16th century; meaning that determination is needed to climb a steep (‘stey’) hillside.

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