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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Under your good auspices, i.e. through your influence, or the influence of your good name. In Rome only the Commander-in-Chief was allowed to take the auspices of war. If a legate gained a victory, he was said to win it under the good auspices of his superior in command.   1
   “Auspex” is from avispex (avis and spicio), one who observes the flight, etc., of birds.   2



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