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 Bubas’tis.Bubble and Squeak. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Bubble (A).
A scheme of no sterling worth and of very ephemeral duration—as worthless and frail as a bubble.   1
        “The whole scheme [the Fenian raid on British America] was a collapsed bubble.”—The Times.
   The Bubble Act, 6 George I., cap. 18; published 1719, and repealed July 5th, 1825. Its object was to punish the promoters of bubble schemes.   2
   A bubble company. A company whose object is to enrich themselves at the expense of subscribers to their scheme.   3
   A bubble scheme. A project for getting money from subscribers to a scheme of no value.   4

 Bubas’tis.Bubble and Squeak. 


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