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 Scipio dismissed the Iberian Maid (Paradise Regained, ii.).Sclavon’ic. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Scissors to Grind.
 
Work to do; purpose to serve.   1
        “That the Emperor of Austria [in the Servian and Bulgarian war, 1885] has his own scissors to grind goes without saying; but for the present it is Russia who keeps the ball rolling.“—Newspaper paragraph, November, 1885.
 


 Scipio dismissed the Iberian Maid (Paradise Regained, ii.).Sclavon’ic. 

 
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