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 Bas Bleu.Base Tenure. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Base.
 
The basis, or that on which an animal walks (Greek, baino, to go, and basis, a footstep). The foot is the foundation—hence, base of a pillar, etc. It is also the lowest part, and hence the notion of worthless. Bass in music (Italian, basso) is the lowest part, or the part for the lowest compass of voice.   1
 


 Bas Bleu.Base Tenure. 

 
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