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Brewer's: Falling Sickness

Epilepsy, in which the patient falls suddenly to the ground.

?Brutus.?He[i.e. Csar] hath the falling-sickness.?

Cassius.

?No, Csar hath it not: but you, and I, And honest Casca, we have the falling sickness.?

Shakespeare: Julius Csar, i. 2.

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