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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sixteen-string Jack.
 
John Rann, a highwayman, noted for his foppery. He wore sixteen tags, eight at each knee. (Hanged in 1774.)   1
        “Dr. Johnson said that Gray’s poetry towered above the ordinary run of verse as Sixteen-string Jack above the ordinary foot-pad.”—Boswell: Life of Johnson.
 


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