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 Alderman (An).Al’dibo-ron’te-phos’co-phor’nio. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Aldgate Pump.
 
A draught on Aldgate Pump. A cheque with no effects. A worthless bill. The pun is on the word draught, which means either an order on a bank for money or a sup of liquor.   1
 


 Alderman (An).Al’dibo-ron’te-phos’co-phor’nio. 

 
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