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 Bar’mecide (3 syl.).Bar’nabas. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Bar’mecide’s Feast.
A feast where there is nothing to eat; any illusion. Barmecide asked Schac’abac, a poor, starving wretch, to dinner, and set before him an empty plate. “How do you like your soup?” asked the merchant. “Excellently well,” replied Schac’abac. “Did you ever see whiter bread?” “Never, honourable sir,” was the civil answer. Wine was then brought in, and Schac’abac was pressed to drink, but excused himself by saying he was always quarrelsome in his cups. Being over-persuaded, he fell foul of his host, and was provided with food to his heart’s content. (Arabian Nights: Barber’s Sixth Brother.)   1

 Bar’mecide (3 syl.).Bar’nabas. 


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