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 Bank of a River.Bankside. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bankrupt.
 
Money-lenders in Italy used to display the money they had to lend out on a banco or bench. When one of these money-lenders was unable to continue business, his bench or counter was broken up, and he himself was spoken of as a bancorottoi.e. a bankrupt.   1
 


 Bank of a River.Bankside. 

 
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