To drown the miller. (See Drown , etc.)
To give one the miller
is to engage a person in conversation till a sufficient number of
persons have gathered together to set upon the victim with stones,
dirt, garbage, and all the arms which haste supplies a mob with.
More water glideth by the mill than wots the miller of
(Titus Andronicus, ii. 1). Many things are done in a house
which the master and mistress never dream of.
A Joe Miller. A stale jest. John Mottley compiled a book of
&facetiae; in the reign of James II., which he entitled Joe Miller's
Jests, from a witty actor of farce during the time that Congreve's
plays were in vogue. A stale jest is called a “Joe Miller,” implying
that it is stolen from Mottley's compilation. (Joe Miller,
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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