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Priest of the Blue-bag

A barrister. A blue-bag is a cant name for a barrister. (See Barrister's Bag.)

“He [O'Flynn] had twice pleaded his own cause, without help of attorney, and showed himself as practised in every law quibble ... as if he had been a regularly ordained priest of the blue bag.” —C. Kingsley: Alton Locke, chap. xx.

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