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 King of Rome.King of Spain’s Trampeter (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
King of Shreds and Patches.
 
In the old mysteries Vice used to be dressed as a mimic king in a parti-coloured suit. (Shakespeare: Hamlet, iii. 4.) The phrase is metaphorically applied to certain literary operatives who compile books for publishers, but supply no originality of thought or matter.   1
 


 King of Rome.King of Spain’s Trampeter (The). 

 
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