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 Marrow (Scotch)Marrow Controversy (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Marrow-bones.
 
Down on your marrow-bones, i.e. knees. That marrow in this phrase is not a corruption of “Mary,” meaning the Virgin, is palpable from the analogous phrase, the marrow-bone stage—walking. The leg-bone is the marrow-bone of beef and mutton, and the play is on Marylebone (London).   1
 


 Marrow (Scotch)Marrow Controversy (The). 

 
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