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 Plume Oneself (To).Plumper (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Plumes.
 
In borrowed plumes. Assumed merit; airs and graces not merited. The allusion is to the fable of the jackdaw who dressed up in peacock’s feathers.   1
 


 Plume Oneself (To).Plumper (A). 

 
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