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 Vail (To).Vain as a Peacock. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Vails.
 
Blackmail in the shape of fees to servants. (From the Latin verb valeo, to be worth, to be of value; French, valoir.) The older form was avails.   1
       
“Vails to servants being much in fashion.”
       
Russell: Representative Actors.
 


 Vail (To).Vain as a Peacock. 

 
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