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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
First Gentleman of Europe.
A nickname given to George IV., who certainly was first in rank, but it would be sad indeed to think he was ever the most gentlemanly man in feeling, manners, and deportment. Louis d’Artois was so called also.   1

 First Water.First Grenadier of France. 

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