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 Empty as Air.Empty Chance. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Empty Champagne Bottles.
 
Fellow-commoners at Cambridge used to be so called, their academical dress being a gaudy purple and silver gown, resembling the silver foil round the neck of a champagne bottle. Very few of these wealthy magnates took honours.   1
       
The nobleman’s gown was silk.
 


 Empty as Air.Empty Chance. 

 
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