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Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

Edited by Russ Willey

Published by Chambers Harrap Publishers

Published in print January 2009 |
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199916214 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acref/9780199916214.001.0001

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abandoned habits

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in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 57 words.

A punning tag for the riding costumes worn on Rotten Row in Hyde Park by the ladies of the demi-monde

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abbey

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in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 314 words.

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Abbott's Priory

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January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 12 words.

One of several slang terms for the King's Bench Prison.

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Abercrombie Plan

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in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 84 words.

The shorthand name for a set of proposals for London's reconstruction and development drawn up towards the end of the

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Abershaw, Jerry

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in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 159 words.

A callous but colourful highwayman (1773–95) from Kingston upon Thames. Abershaw led a gang that operated out

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Abney Park

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in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 76 words.

A cemetery in Stoke Newington, named after a former house on the site owned by Sir Thomas Abney (

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Abraham

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January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 109 words.

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absolute

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January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 181 words.

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Acacia Avenue

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January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 116 words.

A street name evocative of suburban ‘middle England’ and its middle-class values. As the acacia flourishes in warm climates, the

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according to Miles's boy

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January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 7 words.

See Miles's boy.

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Ace Café

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January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 83 words.

London's most famous extant motor-cyclists' rendezvous. Built on the newly opened North Circular Road in the 1930s, the Ace Café

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Achilles of England

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January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 52 words.

A sobriquet of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769–1852). Richard Westmacott's massive statue of Achilles

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Acol

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in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 51 words.

The Standard British system of natural bidding in bridge. The system was devised in the mid-1930s by Jack Marx,

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Acton

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January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 174 words.

A large suburb situated between Ealing and Chiswick, now mainly residential but formerly of major industrial significance. First recorded

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Actors' Church

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in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 159 words.

St Paul's, Covent Garden, is so called from its long association with the theatrical profession. The church was completed

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actresses

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in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 88 words.

Thomas Coryate says: ‘When I went to a theatre [in Venice] I observed certain things that I never saw before;

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Adam

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in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 362 words.

In the slang of the 19th-century London underworld, a henchman or accomplice.

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Addicks

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in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 88 words.

The nickname of Charlton Athletic FC. The word almost certainly dates from the earliest years of the club's existence

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Addington

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in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 177 words.

A North Downs village lying 2½ miles (4 km) east of South Croydon. The name relates to a Saxon

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Adelphi

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in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 219 words.

Once a fashionable quarter situated south of the strand and east of Charing Cross. The name, which comes from

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