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 Cressy (Battle of).Crete. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Crestfallen.
 
Dispirited. The allusion is to fighting cocks, whose crest falls in defeat and rises rigid and of a deep red colour in victory   1
       
“Shall I seem crest-fallen in my father’s sight?”
       
Shakespeare: Richard II., i. 1.
 


 Cressy (Battle of).Crete. 

 
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