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 Bottom.Bottomless. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bottom (Nick),
 
the weaver. A man who fancies he can do everything, and do it better than anyone else. Shakespeare has drawn him as profoundly ignorant, brawny, mock heroic, and with an overflow of self-conceit. He is in ne part of Midsummer Night’s Dream represented with an ass’s head, and Titania, queen of the fairies, under a spell, caresses him as an Ado’nis.   1
   The name is very appropriate, as the word bottom means a ball of thread used in weaving, etc. Thus in Clark’s Heraldry we read, “The coat of Badland is argent, three bottoms in fess gules, the thread or.   2
        “When Goldsmith, jealous of the attention which a dancing monkey attracted, said, ‘I can do that,’ he was but playing Bottom.”—R. G. White.
 


 Bottom.Bottomless. 

 
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