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 Born in the Purple (a translation of porphyrogenitus).Borough English 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Born with a Silver Spoon,
 
or Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth. Born to good luck; born with hereditary wealth. The reference is to the usual gift of a silver spoon by the godfather or godmother of a child. The lucky child does not need to wait for the gift, for it is born with it in its mouth or inherits it from infancy.   1
 


 Born in the Purple (a translation of porphyrogenitus).Borough English 

 
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