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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Scowerers.
 
A set of rakes in the eighteenth century, who, with the Nic’kers and Mohocks, committed great annoyances in London and other large towns.   1
       
“Who has not heard the Scowerers’ midnight fame?
Who has not trembled at the Mohocks’ name?
Was there a watchman took his hourly rounds,
Safe from their blows and new-invented wounds?”
       
Gay: Trivia, iii.
 


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