Absence of mind; apparent thought, but real vacuity. The
corresponding French expression explains it—sombre réverie. Sombre
and brun both mean sad, melancholy, gloomy, dull.
Invention flags, his brain grows muddy,
And black despair succeeds brown study.
Congreve: An Impossible Thing.
To astonish the Browns. To do or say something regardless of the
annoyance it may cause or the shock it may give to Mrs. Grundy.
Anne Boleyn had a whole host of Browns, or “country cousins,” who
were welcomed at Court in the reign of Elizabeth. The queen, however,
was quick to see what was gauche, and did not scruple to reprove
the Browns if she noticed anything in their conduct not comme il
faut. Her bluntness of speech often “astonished the Browns.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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