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Fenton

One who seeks to mend his fortune by marriage. He is the suitor of Anne Page. Her father objects to him, he says, because

I am too great of birth;
And that, my state being gall'd with my expense,
I seek to heal it only by his wealth.

Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor. iii. 4.

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