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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cloth (The).
 
The clergy, the clerical office, thus we say “having respect for the cloth” Formerly the clergy used to wear a distinguishing costume, made of grey or black cloth.   1
 


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