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 Audhum’la [the nourishing power],Aud’rey. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Audley.
 
We will John Audley it, i.e. abridge it. A thèatrical phrase. In the eighteenth century one Shuter had a travelling company which visited different fairs. It was his custom to lengthen out his performance till a goodly number of newcomers had collected on the open stage of his theatre, when a boy called out John Audley, and the play which was going on inside was brought to an end as soon as possible, (1759.)   1
 


 Audhum’la [the nourishing power],Aud’rey. 

 
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