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 Trench-the-Mer.Trencher Cap. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A good trencher-man. A good eater. The trencher is the platter on which food is cut (French, trancher, to cut), by a figure of speech applied to food itself.   1
   He that waits for another’s trencher, eats many a late dinner. He who is dependent on others must wait, and wait, and wait, happy if after waiting he gets anything at all.   2
“Oh, how wretched
Is that poor man that hangs on princes’ favours;
There is, betwixt that smile he would aspire to,
That sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin,
More pangs and fears than wars or women have.”
Shakespeare: Henry VIII., iii. 2.

 Trench-the-Mer.Trencher Cap. 


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