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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ran’tipole (3 syl.).
 
A harum-scarum fellow, a madcap (Dutch, randten, to be in a state of idiotcy or insanity, and pole, a head or person). The late Emperor Napoleon III. was called Rantipole, for his escapades at Strasbourg and Boulogne. In 1852 I myself saw a man commanded by the police to leave Paris within twenty-four hours for calling his dog Rantipole.   1
        “Dick, be a little rantipolish.”—Colman: Heirat-Law.
 


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