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Beggars' Barm

The thick foam which collects on the surface of ponds, brooks, and other pieces of water where the current meets stoppage. It looks like barm or yeast, but, being unfit for use, is only beggarly barm at best.

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