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Harbinger

One who looks out for lodgings, etc.: a courier; hence, a fore-runner, a messenger. (Anglo-Saxon, here, an army; bergan, to lodge.)

I'll be myself the harbinger, and make joyful
The hearing of my wife with your approach.

Shakespeare: Macbeth, i. 4.

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