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 Paint the Lion (To),Painter of the Graces. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Painter.
 
The rope which binds a ship’s boat to the ship. (Latin, panthra; French, pantière, a drag-net; panteur, a stretcher.)   1
   I’ll cut your painter for you. I’ll send you to the right about in double quick time. If the painter is cut, of course the boat drifts away.   2
 


 Paint the Lion (To),Painter of the Graces. 

 
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