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 Dovercot or Dovercourt.Dowgate Ward (London). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dovetail.
 
Metaphorically, to fit on or fit in nicely; to correspond. It is a word in carpentry, and means the fitting one board into another by a tenon in the shape of a dove’s tail, or wedge reversed.   1
 


 Dovercot or Dovercourt.Dowgate Ward (London). 

 
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