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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:10415
AUTHOR:Appendix
QUOTATION:Before you could say Jack Robinson.
ATTRIBUTION:This current phrase is said to be derived from a humorous song by Hudson, a tobacconist in Shoe Lane, London. He was a professional songwriter and vocalist, who used to be engaged to sing at supper-rooms and theatrical houses.


A warke it ys as easie to be done
As tys to saye Jacke! robys on.
 

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