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Moses Primrose

Son of the Rev. Dr. Primrose, very green, and with a good opinion of himself. He is chiefly known for his wonderful bargain with a Jew at the neighbouring fair, when he gave a good horse in exchange for a gross of worthless green spectacles, with copper rims and shagreen cases: (Gold-smith: Vicar of Wakefield.)

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