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Lapet

(Mons.). The beau-ideal of poltroonery. He would think the world out of joint if no one gave him a tweak of the nose or lug of the ear. (Beaumont and Fletcher: Nice Valor, or the Passionate Madman.)

Mons Lapet was the author of a book on the punctilios of duelling

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