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 Mare.Mareotic Luxury. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Mare’s Nest.
 
To find a mare’s nest is to make what you suppose to be a great discovery, but which turns out to be all moonshine.   1
       
“Why dost thou laugh?
What mare’s nest hast thou found?”
       
Beaumont and Fletcher: Bonduca, v. 2.
        “Are we to believe that the governor, executive council, the officers, and merchants have been finding mare’s nests only?”—The Times.
   N.B. In some parts of Scotland they use instead a skate’s nest. In Gloucestershire a long-winded ta≶e is called a Horse-nest. In Cornwall they say You have found a wee’s nest, and are laughing over the eggs. In Devon, nonsense is called a blind mare’s nest. Holinshed calls a gallows a foul’s nest (iii.). In French the corresponding phrase is Nid de lapin; Nid d’une souris dans l’oreille d’un chat.” (See CHAT.)   2
 


 Mare.Mareotic Luxury. 

 
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