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 Loose-coat Field.Loose-girt Boy (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Loose Fish (A).
A dissipated man. We also speak of a “queer fish,” and the word “fishy” means of very doubtful character. A loose fish is one that has made its way out of the net; and applied to man it means one who has thrown off moral restraint.   1

 Loose-coat Field.Loose-girt Boy (The). 


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