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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Brown.
 
A copper coin, a penny; so called from its colour. Similarly a sovereign is a “yellow boy.” (See BLUNT.)   1
   To be done brown. To be roasted, deceived, taken in.   2
 


 Browbeat.Brown as a Berry. 

 
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