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 Miller’s Thumb (A).Millstone. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A corruption of Mil’aner; so called from Mil’an, in Italy, which at one time gave the law to Europe in all matters of taste, dress, and elegance.   1
   Milliner was originally applied to the male sex; hence Ben Jonson, in Every Man in his Humour, i. 3, speaks of a “milliner’s wife.” The French have still une modiste and un modiste.   2

 Miller’s Thumb (A).Millstone. 


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