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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Retort
 
I did dislike the cut of a certain courtier’s beard; he sent me word, if I said his beard was not cut well, he was in the mind it was: this is called the “Retort Courteous.”
        Shakespeare.—As You Like It, Act V. Scene 4. (Touchstone to Jaques.)
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