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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Vamp.
 
To vamp up an old story. To vamp is to put new uppers to old boots. Vampes were short hose covering the feet and ankles. (Perhaps the French avant-pied, the fore-part of the foot.)   1
 


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