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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
or Caddis. Worsted galloon, crewel. (Welsh, cadas, brocade; cadach is a kerchief; Irish, cadan.)   1
        “He hath ribands of all the colours i’ the rainbow; … caddisses, cambrics, lawns.”—Shakespeare: Winter’s Tale, iv. 3.
   Caddice-garter. A servant, a man of mean rank. When garters were worn in sight, the gentry used very expensive ones, but the baser sort wore worsted galloon ones. Prince Henry calls Poins a “caddice-garter.” (1 Henry IV., ii. 4.)   2
“Dost hear,
My honest caddis-garter?”
Glapthorne: Wit in a Constable, 1639.


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