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 Addix’it,Adelantado. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ad’dle
 
is the Old English adela (filth), hence rotten, putrid, worthless.   1
   Addled egg, better “addle-egg,” a worthless egg. An egg which has not the vital principle.   2
   Addle - headed, addle - pate, empty-headed. As an addle-egg produces no living bird, so an addle-pate lacks brains.   3
   Addle Parliament (The)—5th April to 7th June, 1614. So called because it did not pass one single measure. (See PARLIAMENT.)   4
 


 Addix’it,Adelantado. 

 
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