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(Mother). An old nurse “at the Hungerford Stairs.” Dame Ursley or Ursula, another nurse, says of her rival-

“She may do very well for skipper's wives, chandlers' daughters, and such like, but nobody shall wait on pretty Mistress Margaret ... excepting and saving myself.” —Sir Walter Scott: Fortunes of Nigel.

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