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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Quaint
 
means odd, peculiar. A quaint phrase means a fanciful phrase, one not expressed in the ordinary way.   1
        “His garment was very quaint and odd; … a long, long way behind the time.”—Dickens: Christmas Stories; Cricket on the Hearth, chap. i.
 


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