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 Calf-love.Cal’iban. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Calf-skin.
 
Fools and jesters used to wear a calf-skin coat buttoned down the back. In allusion to this custom, Faulconbridge says insolently to the Archduke of Austria, who had acted most basely to Richard Cœur-de-Lion—   1
       
“Thou wear a lion’s hide! Doff it, for shame,
And hang a calf-skin on those recreant limbs.”
       
Shakespeare: King John, iii. 1.
 


 Calf-love.Cal’iban. 

 
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