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 Bosphorus=Ox ford.Bossum. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Boss,
 
a master, is the Dutch baas, head of the household. Hence the great man, chief, a masher, a swell.   1
        “Mr. Stead calls Mr. O’Connor the ‘Boss of the House.’”
 


 Bosphorus=Ox ford.Bossum. 

 
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