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 Captain Stiff.Cap’ua. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cap’tious.
 
Fallacious, deceitful; now it means ill-tempered, carping. (Latin, captio’sus.)   1
       
“I know I love in vain, strive against hope;
Yet in this captious and intenible sieve
I still pour in the waters of my love.”
       
Shakespeare: All’s Well that Ends Well, i. 3.
 


 Captain Stiff.Cap’ua. 

 
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