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 Hartnet.Haruspex (pl. harus’pics). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Harum Scarum.
 
A hare-brained person who scares quiet folk. Some derive it from the French clameur de Haro (hue and cry), as if the madcap was one against whom the hue-and-cry is raised; but probably it is simply a jingle word having allusion to the “madness of a March hare,” and the “scaring” of honest folks from their proprieties.   1
       
“Who’s there? I s’pose young harum-scarum.”
       
Cambridge Facetiœ Collegian and l’orter.
 


 Hartnet.Haruspex (pl. harus’pics). 

 
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