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 Yellow-boy (A).Yellow Caps. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Yellow-boy (A).
A bankrupt. The French call a bankrupt Safranier, and Aller au safran means to be made a bankrupt. The allusion is to the ancient custom of painting the house of a traitor yellow. It will be remembered that the house of the Petit Bourbon was long so stigmatised on account of the treason of the Constable Bourbon.   1

 Yellow-boy (A).Yellow Caps. 


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