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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Steenie (2 syl.).
 
A nickname given by James I. to George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham. The half-profane allusion is to Acts vi. 15, where those who looked on Stephen the martyr “saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.”   1
 


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