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The British Review was nicknamed “My Grandmother.” In Don Juan, Lord Byron says, he bribed “My Grandmother's Review, the British.” The editor took this in dudgeon and gave Byron the lie, but the poet turned the laugh against the reviewer.

“Am I flat, I tip `My Grandmother' a bit of prose.” —Noctes Ambrosiance.

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