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 ¶ Sword (phrases and proverbs).Swords Prohibited. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sword and Cloak Plays.
 
So Calderon called topical or modern comedies, because the actors wore cloaks and swords (worn by gentlemen of the period) instead of heraldic, antique, or dramatico-historic dresses, worn in tragedy   1
 


 ¶ Sword (phrases and proverbs).Swords Prohibited. 

 
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