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 Admiral,Admiral of the Red. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Admiral of the Blue.
 
A butcher who dresses in blue to conceal blood-stains. A tapster also is so called, from his blue apron. A play on the rear-admiral of the British navy, called “Admiral of the Blue (Flag).”   1
       
“As soon as customers begin to stir
The Admiral of the Blue cries, ‘Coming, Sir.’”
       
Poor Robin, 1731.
 


 Admiral,Admiral of the Red. 

 
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