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 Tailor’s Sword (A), or A Tailor’s Dagger.Take a Hair of the Dog that Bit You. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Take a Back Seat (To).
 
To be set aside; to be deferred for the present. A parliamentary phrase.   1
        “When there seemed to be a tendency … to make the Irish question, in the cant of the day, ‘take a back seat,’ Unionist indignation knew no bounds.”—The Daily Graphic, February 9th, 1893.
 


 Tailor’s Sword (A), or A Tailor’s Dagger.Take a Hair of the Dog that Bit You. 

 
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