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Isthmian Games

Epsom races were styled “Our Isthmian Games” by Lord Palmerston, in allusion to the famous games consisting of chariot races, running, wrestling, boxing, etc., held by the Greeks in the Isthmus of Corinth every alternate spring, the first and third of each Olympiad.

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