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Beside the Cushion

Beside the question; not to the point; not pertinent to the matter in hand. French, hors de propos; Latin, nihil ad rhombum. It was Judge Jeffreys who used the phrase, “Besides [ sic ] the cushion.”

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