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Soft Sawder

Flattery, adulation. A play is intended between solder (pronounced sawder) and sawder, a compound of saw (a saying). Soft solder, a composition of tin and lead, is used for soldering zinc, lead, and tin; hard solder for brass, etc. (French, soudure, Latin, solidus.)

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