All my Eye
(and) Betty Martin All nonsense. Joe Miller says that a
Jack Tar went into a foreign church, where he heard some one uttering
these words —Ah! mihi, beate Martine (Ah! [grant] me, Blessed
Martin). On giving an account of his adventure, Jack said he could not
make much out of it, but it seemed to him very like “All my eye and
Betty Martin.” Grose has “Mihi beatæ Martinis” [sic]. The
shortened phrase, “All my eye,” is very common.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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