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 G.H.V.L.Gab (g hard). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
G.O.M.
 
The initial letters of Grand Old Man; so Mr. Gladstone was called during his premiership 1881–1885. Lord Rosebery first used the expression 26th April, 1882, and the Right Hon. Sir William Harcourt repeated it, 18th October, the same year; since then it has become quite a synonym for the proper name.   1
 


 G.H.V.L.Gab (g hard). 

 
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