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Knights of the Rainbow

Flunkeys; so called from their gorgeous liveries.

“The servants who attended them contradicted the inferences to be drawn from the garb of their masters; and, according to the custom of the knights of the rainbow, gave many hints that they were not people to serve any but men of first-rate consequence.” —Sir W. Scott: Redgauntlet, chap. 20

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