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Marrow

(Scotch) a mate, companion, friend. “Not marrow”- that is, not a pair. The Latin word medulla (marrow) is used in much the same way as “mihi hæres in medullis” (Cicero); (very dear, my best friend, etc.).

Busk ye, busk ye, my bonnie bonnie bride,
Busk ye, busk ye, my winsome marrow.

The Braes of Yarrow.

“One glove [or shoe] is not marrow to the other.”

Landsdowne MS.

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