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Cousin Betsy

A half-witted person, a “Bess of Bedlam” (q.v.).

“[None] can say Foster's wronged him of a penny, or gave short measure to a child or a cousin Betsy.” —Mrs. Gaskell.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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