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 Matamoras.Mate. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Mat’amore (3 syl.).
 
A poltroon, a swaggerer, a Major Bobadil (q.v.). A French term composed of two Spanish words, matar-Moros (a slayer of Moors.)   1
        “Your followers … must bandy and brawl in my court … like so many Matamoros.”—Sir W. Scott: Kenilworth, chap. xvi.
 


 Matamoras.Mate. 

 
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