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Teague

(A). An Irishman, about equal to Pat or Paddy. Sometimes we find the word Teague-lander. Teague is an Irish servant in Farquhar's Twin Rivals; in act iii. 2 we find the phrase “a downright Teague,” meaning a regular Irish character- blundering, witty, fond of whisky, and lazy. The name is also introduced in Shadwell's play, The Lancashire Witches, and Teague O'Divelly, the Irish Priest (1688).

Was't Carwell, brother James, or Teague,
That made thee break the Triple League?

Rochester: History of Insipids.

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