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 Un’der-cur’rentUnder the Rose [sub ro’sa]. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Under-spur-leather.
 
An understrapper; a subordinate; the leather strap which goes under the heel of the boot to assist in keeping the spur in the right place.   1
        “Everett and Dangerfield … were subordinate informers—a sort of under-spur-leathers as the cant term went.”—Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak, chap. xii.
 


 Un’der-cur’rentUnder the Rose [sub ro’sa]. 

 
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