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Brewer's: Forbears

Ancestors, predecessors ?i.e. those born before the present generation. (Anglo-Saxon, fr-bran.)

?My name is Grme, so please you,?Roland Grme, whose forbears were designated of Heathergill, in the Debateable Land.? ?Sir W. Scott: The Abbot, chap. xviii.

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