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 Damiens’ Bed of Steel.Dam’ocls’ Sword. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Damn with Faint Praise.
To praise with such a voice and in such measured terms as to show plainly secret disapproval.
“Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
And, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer.”
Pope: Epistle to Arbuthnot.

 Damiens’ Bed of Steel.Dam’ocls’ Sword. 

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