Like the two kings of Brentford smelling at one nosegay. Said
of persons who were once rivals, but have become reconciled. The
allusion is to an old farce called The Rehearsal, by the Duke of
“The two kings of Brentford enter hand in hand,” and the actors, to
heighten the absurdity, used to make them enter “smelling at one nosegay” (act ii. s. 2).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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