Cap of Time
They wear themselves in the cap of time. Use more ceremony,
says Parolles, for these lords do “wear themselves in the cap of time,”
i.e. these lords are the favours and jewels worn in the cap of the
time being, and have the greatest influence. In the cap of time being,
they are the very jewels, and most honoured. (Shakespeare: All's
Well, etc., ii. 1.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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