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 Guineapig (Stock Exchange term).Guineapig (A), 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Guineapig (A).
A midshipman. A guineapig is neither a pig nor a native of Guinea; so a middy is neither a sailor nor an officer.   1
        “He had a letter from the captain of the Indiaman, offering you a berth on board as guineapig, or midshipman.”—Captain Marryat: Poor Jack, chap. xxxi.
   A special juryman who is paid a guinea a case: also a military officer assigned to some special duty, for which he receives a guinea a day, are sometimes so called.   2

 Guineapig (Stock Exchange term).Guineapig (A), 


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