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Town and Gown Row

(A), A collision, often leading to a fight, in the English universities between the students or gownsmen, and non-gownsmen - principally bargees and roughs. (See Philistines.)

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