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 Dover (A).Dovers (Stock Exchange term). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dover.
 
When Dover and Calais meeti.e. never.   1
   A jack of Dover. A “jack” is a small drinking vessel made of waxed leather, and a “jack of Dover” is a bottle of wine made up of fragments of opened bottles. It is customary to pour the refuse into a bottle, cork it up, and sell it as a fresh bottle. This is called dovering, a corruption of do-over, because the cork is done over with wax or resin.
       
“Many a jack of Dover hast thou sold.”
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Chaucer: Coke’s Prologue.
 


 Dover (A).Dovers (Stock Exchange term). 

 
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