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 Dir’los (Count).Dirty Half-Hundred. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dirt
 
is matter in the wrong place. (Lord Palmerston.) This is not true: a diamond or sovereign lost on a road is matter in a wrong place, but certainly is not dirt.   1
   Throw plenty of dirt and some will be sure to stick. Scandal always leaves a trail behind.   2
   Dirt cheap. Very low-priced. Dirt is so cheap that persons pay others to take it away.   3
   To eat dirt is to put up with insults and mortification. An Eastern method of punishment.   4
        “If dirt were trumps what a capital hand you would hold!”—Charles Lamb to Martin Burney.
 


 Dir’los (Count).Dirty Half-Hundred. 

 
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