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 Ill-got, Ill-spent.Ill Omens 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ill May-day.
 
The 1st of May, 1517, when the London apprentices rose up against the resident foreigners, and did great mischief. More commonly known as Evil May-day (q.v.).   1
 


 Ill-got, Ill-spent.Ill Omens 

 
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