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Brewer's: Translator

(A). A cobbler, who translates or transmogrifies two pairs of worn-out shoes into one pair capable of being worn; a reformer, who tries to cobble the laws.

?The dull la mode reformers or translators have pulled the church all to pieces and know not how to patch it up again.? ?Mercurius Pragmaticus (March, 1647, No. 27).

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