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Querpo

(2 syl.). Shrill Querpo in Garth's Dispensary, was Dr. Howe.

In querpo.
In one's shirt-sleeves, in undress. (Spanish, en cuerpo, without a cloak.)

“Boy, my cloak and rapier; it fits not a gentleman of my rank to walk the streets in querpo.” —Beaumont and Fletcher: Love's Cure, ii. 1.

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