Old rags torn up by a machine called the “devil,” and made into
shoddy by gum and pressure. Mr. Ferrand brought the subject before
Parliament, March 4th, 1842. It is so called from the dishonesty and
falsehood which it covers. (Latimer's Sermons.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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