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 Duns Scotus.Dun’stan (St.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dun’stable.
 
Bailey, as if he actually believed it, gives the etymology of this word Duns’ stable; adding Duns or “Dunus was a robber in the reign of Henry I., who made it dangerous for travellers to pass that way.” (Dunes or duns tacell, our table—i.e. the table-land or flat of the hills.)   1
   Downright Dunstable. (See DOWNRIGHT.)   2
   Plain as the road to Dunstable; or, as Shakespeare says, “Plain as way to parish church.” The road leading to Dunstable is the confluence of many leading to London, but the play is on the word dunce.   3
 


 Duns Scotus.Dun’stan (St.). 

 
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