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 John with the Leaden Sword.Johnny Crapaud. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Johnnies.
 
British bourgeois. Byron, February 23rd, 1824, writes to Murray his publisher respecting an earthquake:   1
        “If you had but seen the English Johnnies, who had never been out of a cockney workshop before … [running away … ].”
 


 John with the Leaden Sword.Johnny Crapaud. 

 
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