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 Somerset.Somerset House 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Som’erset or Somersault.
 
A leap in which a person turns head over heels in the air and lights on his feet. (Latin, super saltus; French, soubresaut.) Sometimes a person will turn twice or thrice in the air before he touches the ground.   1
       
“First that could make love faces, or could do
The valter’s sombersalts.”
       
Donne: Poems, p. 300.
 


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