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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Leather or Prunella.
It is all leather or prunella. Nothing of any moment, all rubbish. Prunella is a woollen stuff, used for the uppers of ladies’ boots and shoes. (See SALT.)   1
“Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow,
The rest is all but leather or prunella.”
Pope: Essay on Man.



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