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 Tailors.Take a Back Seat (To). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Tailor’s Sword (A), or A Tailor’s Dagger.
A needle.   1
“The tailors cross-legged on their boards,
Needle-armed, hand-extended, prepared
To stab the black cloth with their swords [to make up mourning]
The instant that death is declared.”
Peter Pindar: Great Cry and Little Wool, Epist. i.

 Tailors.Take a Back Seat (To). 


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