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The Devil's Dictionary: Quiver

by Ambrose Bierce
QUILL
QUIXOTIC

QUIVER

-n.

A portable sheath in which the ancient statesman and the aboriginal lawyer carried their lighter arguments.

He extracted from his quiver,
Did the controversial Roman,
An argument well fitted
To the question as submitted,
Then addressed it to the liver,
Of the unpersuaded foeman.

- Oglum P. Boomp

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