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 Battle of the Whips.Bat’tledore (3 syl.) 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Battle (Sarah),
who considered whist the business of life and literature one of the relaxations. When a young gentleman, of a literary turn, said to her he had no objection to unbend his mind for a little time by taking a hand with her, Sarah was indignant, and declared it worse than sacrilege to speak thus of her noble occupation. Whist “was her life business; her duty; the thing she came into the world to do, and she did it. She unbent her mind afterwards over a book.” (C. Lamb: Elia.)   1

 Battle of the Whips.Bat’tledore (3 syl.) 


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