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 Gam’mut, or Gamut (g hard).Gamps and Harrises. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Gamp (Mrs.),
 
or Sarah Gamp (g hard). A monthly nurse, famous for her bulky umbrella and perpetual reference to Mrs. Harris, a purely imaginary person, whose opinions always confirmed her own. (Dickens: Martin Chuzzlewit.)   1
        “Mrs. Harris, I says to her, if I could afford to lay out all my fellow creeturs for nothink, I would gladly do it. Such is the love I bear ’em.”
   Punch caricatures the Standard as “Mrs. Sarah Gamp,” a little woman with an enormous bonnet and her characteristic umbrella.   2
   A Sarah Gamp, or Mrs. Gamp. A big, pawky umbrella, so called from Sarah Gamp. (See above.)   3
   In France it is called un Robinson, from Robinson Crusoe’s umbrella. (Defoe.)   4
 


 Gam’mut, or Gamut (g hard).Gamps and Harrises. 

 
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