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Duck Lane

A row for old and second-hand books which stood formerly near Smithfield, but has given way to city improvements. It might be called the Holywell Street of Queen Anne's reign.

Scotists and Thomists now in peace remain
Amidst their kindred cobwebs in Duck Lane.

Pope: Essay on Criticism.

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