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 VIII. Jack.Jack-a-Lantern (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Jack-a-Dandy.
 
A term of endearment for a smart, bright little fellow; a Jemmy Jessamy.   1
       
“Smart she is, and handy, O!
Sweet as sugar-candy, O! …
And I’m her Jack-a-dandy, O!”
   Jack - a - dandy. Slang for brandy. Dandy rhymes with brandy. (See CHIVY.)   2
   In Ireland “dandy” means whisky: but whisky = eau de vie; and eau de vie is brandy.   3
        “Dimidium cyathi vero apud Methropolitnos Herbernicos dicitur Dandy.”—Blackwood’s Magazine, May, 1838 (Father Tom and the Pope).
 


 VIII. Jack.Jack-a-Lantern (A). 

 
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