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 Uncircumcised in Heart and Ears (Acts vii. 51).Uncle. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Don’t come the uncle over me. In Latin, “Ne sis patruus mihi” (IIrace: 2 Sat., iii. 88)—i.e. do not overdo your privilege of reproving or castigating me. The Latin notion of a patruus or uncle left guardian was that of a severe castigator and reprover. Similarly, their idea of a step-mother was a woman of stern, unsympathetic nature, who was unjust to her step-children, and was generally disliked.   1
        “Metuentes patruæ verbera linguæ.”—Horace: 3 Odes, xii. 3.

 Uncircumcised in Heart and Ears (Acts vii. 51).Uncle. 


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