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Jellyby

(Mrs.). A philanthropist who would spend and be spent to help the poor fan-makers and flower-girls of Borrioboolah Gha, but would bundle into the street a poor beggar dying of starvation on her own doorstep. (Dickens: Bleak House.)

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