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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
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Beside, ’tis known he could speak Greek,
As naturally as pigs squeak.
        Butler.—Hudibras, Part I. Canto I. Line 51.
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When Greeks joined Greeks, then was the tug of war.
        Lee.—Alexander the Great, Act IV. Scene 2.
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1.  Did Cicero say anything?
2.  Ay, he spoke Greek.
1.  To what effect?
2.  Nay, an I tell you that I’ll ne’er look you i’ th’ face again; but those that understood him smiled at one another, and shook their heads; but, for my own part, it was Greek to me.
        Shakespeare.—Julius Cæsar, Act I. Scene 2. (Cassius and Casca.)
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1.  But did you understand ’em, brother?
2.  I tell you, no. What does that signify? the very sound’s a sufficient comfort to an honest man.
        Colley Cibber.—Love Makes a Man, Act I.
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Old Homer taught us thus to speak;
If ’tis not sense, at least ’tis Greek.
        Prior.—Alma, Canto III. Line 7.
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