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 Holman (Lieutenant James).Holy Alliance. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Holopher’nes (4 syl.).
 
Master Tubal Holophernes. The great sophister-doctor, who, in the course of five years and three months, taught Gargantua to say his A B C backward. (Rabelais: Gargantua, book i. 14.)   1
   Holofernes, in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Shakespeare satirises in this character the literary affections of the Lyly school. An anagram of Joh’nes Florio.   2
 


 Holman (Lieutenant James).Holy Alliance. 

 
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