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 Whale.Whalebone (2 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Whale.
 
Very like a whale. Very much like a cock-and-bull story; a fudge. Hamlet chaffs Polo’nius by comparing a cloud to a camel, and then to a weasel, and when the courtier assents Hamlet adds, “Or like a whale”; to which Polonius answers, “Very like a whale.” (Act iii. 2.)   1
 


 Whale.Whalebone (2 syl.). 

 
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