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 Small.Small Beer. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Small-back.
 
Death. So called because he is usually drawn as a skeleton.   1
        “Small-back must lead down the dance with us all in our time.”—Sir Walter Scott.
 


 Small.Small Beer. 

 
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