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Geneva Bible

The English version in use prior to the present one; so called because it was originally printed at Geneva (in 1560).

Geneva Bible

(The). The wine cup or beer pot. The pun is on Geneva, which is the synonym of gin. (Latin, bibo, I drink [gin].)

“Eh bien, Gudyil, lui dit le vieux major, quelle-diable de discipline? Vous avez déjà lu la Bible de Genève ce matin.” —Les Puritains d'Ecosse, part iii. chap. 2.

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