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Favours

Ribbons made into a bow; so called from being the favours bestowed by ladies on the successful champions of tournaments. (See True-Love Knot; Curry Favour)

“Here, Fluellen; wear thou this favour for me, and stick it in thy cap.” —Shakespeare: Henry V. iv. 7.

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