Every barber knows that
“Omnibus notum tonsoribus.” Horace: 1 Satires, VII. 3.
In Rome the tonstrinæ or barbers' shops were the fashionable
resort of loungers and idlers. Here every scandal was known, and all
the talk of the town was repeated.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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