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 Clowns.Club-bearer (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Club.
 
A society of persons who club together, or form themselves into a knot or lump.   1
   The word was originally applied to persons bound together by a vow. (German, gelübde.) (See CARDS, 4 clubs.)   2
        “[1190] was the era of chivalry, . . for bodies of men uniting themselves by a sacred vow, gelubde, which word and thing have passed over to us in a singularly dwindled condition, ‘club’ we call it; and the vow … does not rank very high.”—Carlyle: Frederick the Great, vol. i. p 111
 


 Clowns.Club-bearer (The). 

 
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