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 M or NM.D. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
M.B. Waistcoat.
 
A clerical cassock waistcoat was so called (about 1830) when first introduced by the High Church party. M. B. means “mark of the beast.”   1
        “He smiled at the folly which stigmatised an M.B. ‘waistcoat.’”—Mrs. Oliphant: Phœbe Juno, ii. 3.
 


 M or NM.D. 

 
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