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Martin's Running Footman

(St.). The devil, assigned by legend to St. Martin for a running footman on a certain occasion.

“Who can tell but St. Martin's running footman may still be hatching us some further mischief.” —Rabelais: Pantagruel, iv. 23.

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