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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
All the Tracys have the wind in their faces. Those who do wrong will always meet with punishment. William de Traci was the most active of the four knights who slew Thomas à Becket, and for this misdeed all who bore the name were saddled by the Church with this ban: “Wherever by sea or land they go, the wind in their face shall ever blow.” Fuller, with his usual naïveté, says, “So much the better in hot weather, as it will save the need of a fan.”   1



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