Haberdasher

from hapertas, a cloth the width of which was settled by Magna Charta. A “hapertas-er” is the seller of hapertas-erie.

To match this saint there was another, As busy and perverse a brother, An haberdasher of small wares In politics and state affairs.

Butler: Hudibras, iii. 2.

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