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Battersea

You must go to Battersea to get your simples cut. A reproof to a simpleton, or one who makes a very foolish observation. The market gardeners of Battersea used to grow simples (medicinal herbs), and the London apothecaries went there to select or cut such as they wanted. (See Naviga.)

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