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 Cowper Law,Coxeyites (3 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Coxcomb.
 
An empty-headed, vain person. The ancient licensed jesters were so called because they wore a cock’s comb in their caps.   1
       
“Coxcombs, an ever empty race,
Are trumpets of their own disgrace.”
       
Gay: Fables, xix.
       
“Let me hire him too; here’s my coxcomb.”
       
Shakespeare: King Lear, i. 4.
   The Prince of Coxcombs. Charles Joseph, Prince de Ligne. (1535–1614.)   2
   Richard II. of England is sometimes called the Coxcomb. (1366, 1377–1400.)   3
   Henri III. of France was called le Mignon, which means pretty well the same thing. (1551, 1574–1589.)   4
 


 Cowper Law,Coxeyites (3 syl.). 

 
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