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 Mashack’ering and Misguggling.Mask a Fleet (To). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A dude (q.v.); an exquisite; a lardy-dardy swell who dresses æsthetically, behaves killingly, and thinks himself a Romeo. This sort of thing used to be called “crushing” or killing, and, as mashing is crushing, the synonym was substituted about 1880. A lady-killer, a crusher, a masher, all mean the same thing.   1
        “The prattle of the masher between the acts,” Daily Telegraph, Oct. 10, 1883.

 Mashack’ering and Misguggling.Mask a Fleet (To). 


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