A hackney-coach driver. Said to be a contraction of Geoffrey;
and the reason why this name was selected was because coachmen say to
their horses gee-o, and Ge-o' is a contraction of Geoffrey.
Ballantine says, that one Jarvis, a noted hackney-coachman who was
hanged, was the original Jarvey.
A Jarvey's benjamin.
A coachman's great-coat. (See Benjamin.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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