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 Snowdrop (The).Snuff Out. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Snuff.
 
Up to snuff. Wide awake, knowing, sharp; not easily taken in or imposed upon; alive to scent (Dutch, snuffen, to scent, snuf; Danish, snöfte).   1
   Took it in snuff—in anger, in huff.   2
       
“You’ll mar the light by taking it in snuff.”
       
Shakespeare: Love’s Labour’s Lost, v. 2.
        “Who, … when it next came there, took it in snuff.”—Shakespeare: I Henry IV., i. 3.
 


 Snowdrop (The).Snuff Out. 

 
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