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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Small Beer.
“To suckle fools and chronicle small beer.” (Iago in the play of Othello, ii. 1.)   1
   He does not think small beer of himself. He has a very good opinion of number one.   2
        “To express her self-esteem [it might be said] that she did not think small beer of herself.”—De Quincey: Historical Essays.


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