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 Miller.Miller’s Eye (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A Joe Miller. A stale jest. John Mottley compiled a book of facetiæ in the reign of James II., which he entitled Joe Miller’s Jests, from a witty actor of farce during the time that Congreve’s plays were in vogue. A stale jest is called a “Joe Miller,” implying that it is stolen from Mottley’s compilation. (Joe Miller, 1684–1738.)   1

 Miller.Miller’s Eye (A). 


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