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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Stars and Garters! (My).
 
An expletive, or mild kind of oath. The stars and garters of knighthood. Shakespeare makes Richard III. swear “By my George, my garter, and my crown!” (Richard III., iv. 4.)   1
 


 Star of the South.Stars and Stripes (The) or the Star-spangled Banner, 

 
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