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 Cha’os (ka’os).Chap-book (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Chap.
 
A man, properly a merchant. A chap-man is a merchantman or tradesman. “If you want to buy, I’m your chap.” A good chap-man or chap became in time a good fellow. Hence, A good sort of chap, A clever chap, etc. (Anglo-Saxon, ceap-mann.)   1
   An awkward customer is an analogous phrase.   2
 


 Cha’os (ka’os).Chap-book (A). 

 
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