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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Shrimp.
 
A child, a puny little fellow, in the same ratio to a man as a shrimp to a lobster. Fry is also used for children. (Anglo-Saxon, scrine-an, to shrink; Danish, skrumpe; Dutch, krimpen.)   1
       
“It cannot be this weak and writhled shrimp
Would strike such terror to his enemies.”
       
Shakespeare: 1 Henry VI., ii. 3.
 


 Shrieking Sisterhood (The).Shropshire. 

 
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