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 Wool.Woollen. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Wool-gathering.
 
Your wits are gone wool-gathering. As children sent to gather wool from hedges are absent for a trivial purpose, so persons in a “brown study” are absent-minded to no good purpose.   1
        “But, my dear, if my wits are somewhat wool-gathering and unsettled, my heart is as true as a star.”—Harriet B. Stowe.
 


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