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 Prestige.Preston and his Mastiffs. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Presto.
 
Quick. A name given to Swift by the Duchess of Shrewsbury, a foreigner. Of course, the pun is obvious: presto means swift (or quick).   1
 


 Prestige.Preston and his Mastiffs. 

 
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