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 Mute as a Fish.Mutton (French, mouton). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Mutes at Funerals.
This was a Roman custom. The undertaker, attended with lictors dressed in black, marched with the corpse; and the undertaker, as master of the ceremonies, assigned to each follower his proper place in the procession.   1

 Mute as a Fish.Mutton (French, mouton). 

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