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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dum’mies (2 syl.).
 
Empty bottles or drawers in a druggist’s shop; wooden heads in a hairdresser’s shop: lay figures in a tailor’s shop; persons on the stage who appear before the lights, but have nothing to say. These all are dumb, actually or figuratively.   1
 


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