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Tityre Tus

Dissolute young scape, graces, whose delight was to worry the watchmen, upset sedans, wrench knockers off doors, and be rude to pretty women, at the close of the seventeenth century. The name comes from the first line of Virgil's first Eclogue, “Titure tu patulae recubans sub tegmine fagi” (Tityre Tus loved to lurk in the dark night looking for mischief). “Tus” = tuze.

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