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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fox (To).
 
To steal or cheat; to fub; also “to shadow” a suspect; to watch without seeming so to do. A dog, a fox, and a weasel sleep, as they say, “with one eye open.”   1
 


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