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Nehushtan

(2 Kings xviii. 4). Bits of brass, worthless fragments. When Hezekiah broke in pieces the brazen serpent, he called the broken pieces Nehushtan.

“Such matters to the agitators are Nehushtan.” —Nineteenth Century, December, 1892, p. 998.

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