(A ). A broken feather in his wing. A scandal
connected with one's character.
“If an angel were to walk about, Mrs. Sam Hurst would never rest till
she had found out where he came from; and perhaps whether he had a
broken feather in his wing.” —Mrs. Oliphant: Phoebe.
A “consort” consisted of six viols, usually kept in one case. When
the six were played together it was called a “whole consort,” when less
than the six were played it was called “a broken consort.” Sometimes
applied to open chords or arpeggios.
“Here is good broken music.”
Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida,
Lord Bacon in his Sylva Sylvarum gives a different
explanation: he says certain instruments agree together and produce
concordant music, but others (as the virginal and lute, the Welsh and
Irish harps) do not accord.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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