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Alls

The five Alls. A public-house sign. It has five human figures, with a motto to each:

Number Figure Motto

(1) A king in his regalia I govern all.

(2) A bishop, in his pontificals I pray for all.

(3) A lawyer, in his gown I plead for all.

(4) A soldier in regimentals I fight for all.

(5) A labourer, with his tools I pay for all.

Several of these signs still exist.

Alls.
Tap-droppings. The refuse of all sorts of spirits drained from the glasses, or spilt in drawing. The mixture is sold in gin-houses at a cheap rate.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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