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Cruel

(The). Pedro, King of Castile (1334, 1350-1369).

Pedro I. of Portugal; also called le Justicier (1320, 1357-1367).

Cruel

(now Crewel) Garters. Garters made of worsted or yarn.

“Ha ! ha ! look, he wears cruel garters.”

Shakespeare: King Lear, ii. 4.

“Wearing of silk, why art thou so cruel?”

Woman's a Weathercock (1612).

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