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 Ga’ora.Gar’agan’tua (g hard). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Gape (g hard).
 
Looking for gapeseed. Gaping about and doing nothing. A corruption of “Looking a-gapesing;” gapesing is staring about with one’s mouth open. A-gapesing and a-trapesing are still used in Norfolk.   1
   Seeking a gape’s nest. (Devonshire.) A gape’s nest is a sight which-people stare at with wide-open mouth. The word “nest” was used in a much wider sense formerly than it is now. Thus we read of a “nest of shelves,” a “nest of thieves,” a “cosy nest.” A gape’s nest is the nest or place where anything stared at is to be found. (See MARE’S NEST.)   2
 


 Ga’ora.Gar’agan’tua (g hard). 

 
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