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in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Second edition

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780198609810
Published online January 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191727047

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originally (in Middle English) a rustic, a boor; later, a person with ignoble ideas or instincts, a scoundrel; a person guilty or capable of a crime or wickedness. The word comes via Old French from Latin ...

Reference Entry.  98 words. 

Subjects: History of English

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