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 Loaf held in the Hand (A)Loathly Lady. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Loafers.
 
Tramps, thieves, and the ne’er-do-well. Idle fellows who get their living by expedients; chevaliers d’industrie. (German, läufer, a runner; Dutch, looper.)   1
        “Until the differentiation of the labourer from the loafer takes place, the unemployed question can never be properly dealt with.”—Nineteenth Century, December, 1893, p. 855.
 


 Loaf held in the Hand (A)Loathly Lady. 

 
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