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 Man of Three Letters.Man of Wax. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Man-of-War (A).
A Government fighting-ship. The term is not now often used.   1
   Man-of-war, or, Portuguese man-of-war. The nautilus.   2
        “Frank went to the captain and told him that Tom had given him leave to have the man-of-war if he could get it.”—Goulding: Adventures of the Young Marooners, 17.
   Man-of-war bird. The frigate-bird.   3

 Man of Three Letters.Man of Wax. 

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