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 Doctor.Doctor (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Doctor (The).
 
The cook on board ship, who “doctors” the food. Any adulterated or doctored beverage; hence the mixture of milk, water, nutmeg, and a little rum, is called Doctor; the two former ingredients being “doctored” by the two latter.   1
 


 Doctor.Doctor (The). 

 
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