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 Priest of the Blue-bag.Prima Donna (Italian). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Prig.
 
A knavish beggar in the Beggar’s Bush, by Beaumont and Fletcher.   1
   Prig. A coxcomb, a conceited person Probably the Anglo-Saxon pryt or pryd.   2
   Prig. To filch or steal. Also a pickpocket or thief. The clown calls Autol’ycus a “prig that haunts wakes, fairs, and bear-baitings.” (Shakespeare: Winter’s Tale, iv. 3.)   3
        In Scotch, to prig means to cheapen, or haggle over the price asked; priggin means cheapening.
 


 Priest of the Blue-bag.Prima Donna (Italian). 

 
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