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 Ex Hypoth’esi,Ex Officio (Latin, by virtue of his office). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ex Luce Lucellum.
 
To make a gain out of light; to make a cheeseparing from lucifer-matches. When Robert Lowe proposed to tax lucifer-matches, he suggested that the boxes should be labelled Ex luce lucellum. (Parliamentary Reports, 1871.)   1
       
“Lucifer aggrediens ex luce haurire lucellum
Incdit in tenbras; lex nova fumus erat.”
 


 Ex Hypoth’esi,Ex Officio (Latin, by virtue of his office). 

 
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