(Mrs.), or Sarah Gamp (g hard). A monthly nurse,
famous for her bulky umbrella and perpetual reference to Mrs. Harris, a
purely imaginary person, whose opinions always confirmed her own. (Dickens: Martin Chuzzlewit.)
“Mrs. Harris, I says to her, if I could afford to lay out all my
fellow creeturs for nothink, I would gladly do it. Such is the love I
caricatures the Standard as “Mrs. Sarah Gamp,” a little
woman with an enormous bonnet and her characteristic umbrella.
A Sarah Gamp,
or Mrs. Gamp. A big, pawky umbrella, so called from Sarah
Gamp. (See above.) In France it is called un Robinson,
from Robinson Crusoe's umbrella. (Defoe.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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