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Plugson of Undershot

Carlyle's typical commercial Radical in the middle of the 19th century, who found that no decent Tory would shake hands with him; but at the close of the century found free-competition company with latter-day Tories.

“There are two motive forces which may impel the Plugsons of Toryism ... the pressure is not great enough to ... overcome the vis inertia of Plug&sgrave;on and Co.” —Nineteenth Century, Dec., 1892, p. 878.

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