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Badge-men

Alms-house men; so called because they wear some special dress, or other badge, to indicate that they belong to a particular foundation.

He quits the gay and rich, the young and free,
Among the badge-men with a badge to be.

Crabbe: Borough.

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