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 Petticoat and Gown.Petty Cu’ry (Cambridge) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Petto.
 
In petto. In secrecy, in reserve (Italian, in the breast). The pope creates cardinals in pettoi.e. in his own mind—and keeps the appointment to himself till he thinks proper to announce it.   1
        “Belgium, a department of France in pettoi.e. in the intention of the people.”—The Herald, 1831.
 


 Petticoat and Gown.Petty Cu’ry (Cambridge) 

 
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