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 John-a-Dreams.John-a-Nokes [or Noakes (1 syl.)]. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
John-a-Droynes.
 
A foolish character in Whetstone’s Promos and Cassandra (1578). Being seized by informers, he stands dazed, and suffers himself to be quietly cheated out of his money.   1
 


 John-a-Dreams.John-a-Nokes [or Noakes (1 syl.)]. 

 
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