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Downy Cove

(A). A knowing fellow, up to every dodge. On the “lucus a non lucendo ” principle, contraries are often substituted in slang and facetious phrases. (See Lucus A Non Lucendo.)

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