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Friar

A curtal Friar. (See Curtal.)

Friar

in printing. A part of the sheet which has failed to receive the ink, and is therefore left blank. As Caxton set up his printing-press in Westminster Abbey, it is but natural to suppose that monks and friars should give foundation to some of the printers' slang. (See Monk.)

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