(A). A mandarin of the first class, whose badge of
honour is a red button in his cap.
“An interview was granted to the admiral [Elliot] by Kishen, the
imperial commissioner, the third man in the empire, a mandarin of first
class and red button.” —Howitt: History of England, 1841, p.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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