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 Cupidon (Le jeune).Curate. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cur.
 
A fawning, mean-spirited fellow, a crop-tailed dog (latin, curtus, crop-tailed. French, court; our curt). According to forest laws, a man who had no right to the privilege of the chase was obliged to cut off the tail of his dog. Hence, a degenerate dog or man is called a cur.   1
       
“What would you have, you curs,
That like nor peace nor war?”
       
Shakespeare: Coriolanus, i. 1.
 


 Cupidon (Le jeune).Curate. 

 
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