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 Brown Bill.Browns. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Brown Study.
 
Absence of mind; apparent thought, but real vacuity. The corresponding French expression explains it—sombre réverie. Sombre and brun both mean sad, melancholy, gloomy, dull.   1
       
“Invention flags, his brain grows muddy,
And black despair succeeds brown study.”
       
Congreve: An Impossible Thing.
 


 Brown Bill.Browns. 

 
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