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 Fox.Fox (To). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fox.
 
An Old English broadsword.   1
   A correspondent of Notes and Queries (May 2nd, 1891, p. 356) says: “The swords were manufactured by Julian del Rei of Toldo, whose trade-mark was a little dog, mistaken for a fox.” The usual derivation is the Latin falx, French fauchon, our falchion.   2
       
“O signieur Dew, thou diest on point of fox,
Except, O signieur, thou do give to me
Egregious ransom.”
       
Shakespeare: Henry V., iv. 4.
        “I had a sword, ay, the flower of Smithfield for a sword, a right fox 1’ faith.”—Two Angry Women of Abington (1599).
 


 Fox.Fox (To). 

 
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