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 Cousin.Cousin-german. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cousin Betsy.
 
A half-witted person, a “Bess of Bedlam” (q.v.).   1
        “[None] can say Foster’s wronged him of a penny, or gave short measure to a child or a cousin Betsy.”—Mrs. Gaskell.
 


 Cousin.Cousin-german. 

 
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