A stupid, dreamy fellow, always in a brown study and half
A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak,
Like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause,
And can say nothing.
Shakespeare: Hamlet ii. 2.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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