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 Numerals.Numid’icus. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Numero.
 
Homme de numero—that is “un homme fin en affaires.” M. Walckenaer says it is a shop phrase, meaning that he knows all the numbers of the different goods, or all the private marks indicative of price and quality.   1
       
“Il n’étoit lors, de Paris jusqu a Rome,
Galant qui sût si bien le numero.”
       
La Fontaine: Richard Minutolo.
 


 Numerals.Numid’icus. 

 
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