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 Oracle.Oracle of the Church (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Oracle (Sir).
A dogmatical person, one not to be gainsaid. The ancient oracles professed to be the responses of the gods, from which there could be no appeal.   1
“I am Sir Oracle,
And when I ope my lips let no dog bark.”
Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, i. 1.
   To work the oracle. To induce another to favour some plan or join in some project.   2
        “They fetched a rattling price through Starlight’s working the oracle with those swells.”—Boldrewood: Robbery under Arms, chap. xii.

 Oracle.Oracle of the Church (The). 


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