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 Brut d’Angleterre.Brute (Sir John). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
in Cambridge University slang, is a man who has not yet matriculated. The play is evident. A “man,” in college phrase, is a collegian; and, as matriculation is the sign and seal of acceptance, a scholar before that ceremony is not a “man,” and therefore only a “biped brute.”   1

 Brut d’Angleterre.Brute (Sir John). 


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