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Matamore

(3 syl.). A poltroon, a swaggerer, a Major Bobadil (q.v.). A French term composed of two Spanish words, matar-Moros (a slayer of Moors.)

“Your followers ... must bandy and brawl in my court ... like so many Matamoros.” —Sir. W. Scott: Kenilworth, chap. xvi.

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