Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Dictionary of Phrase and Fable  (1868) 
by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Originally published in 1870 by the Reverend E. Cobham Brewer, it was aimed at the growing number of people who did not have a university education, but wanted to understand the origins of phrases and historical or literary allusions. The 'phrase' part of the title refers mainly to the explanation of various idioms and proverbs, while the 'fable' part might more accurately be labelled 'folklore' and ranges from classical mythology to relatively recent literature. On top of this, Brewer added notes on important historical figures and events, and other things which he thought would be of interest, such as Roman numerals.

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ALTEMUS' EDITION


DICTIONARY
OF
Phrase and Fable

GIVING THE
Derivation, Source, or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that have a Tale to Tell


BY THE REV.
E. COBHAM BREWER, LL.D.


NEW EDITION
REVISED, CORRECTED, AND ENLARGED


TO WHICH IS ADDED
A CONCISE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE




PHILADELPHIA
Henry Altemus Company

Copyrighted, 1898, by
HENRY ALTEMUS.

DICTIONARY
OF
PHRASE AND FABLE


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This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.