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 Bolton.Bomb. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bolus.
 
An apothecary. Apothecaries are so called because they administer boluses. Similarly Mrs. Suds is a washer-woman; Boots is the shoeblack of an inn, etc.   1
   George Colman adopts the name for his apothecary, who wrote his labels in rhyme, one of which was—   2
       
“When taken,
To be well shaken”;
   but the patient being shaken, instead of the mixture, died.   3
 


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