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 Dutch Uncle.Duty 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dutchman.
 
I’m a Dutchman if I do. A strong refusal. During the rivalry between England and Holland, the word Dutch was synonymous with all that was false and hateful, and when a man said, “I would rather be a Dutchman than do what you ask me,” he used the strongest term of refusal that words could express.   1
   If not, I’m a Dutchman, means, I will do it or I will call myself a Dutchman.   2
   Well, I’m a Dutchman! An exclamation of strong incredulity.   3
 


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