Impudence. A lawyer said to a troublesome witness, “Why, man,
you have brass enough in your head to make a teakettle.” “And you,
sir,” replied the witness, “have water enough in yours to fill it.”
A knavish attorney; servile, affecting sympathy, but making his
clients his lawful prey. (Dickens: Old Curiosity Shop.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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