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 Dactyls (The).Daddy Long-legs. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Dad or Daddy.
Father. The person who acts as father at a wedding, a stage-manager. The superintendent of a casual ward is termed by the inmates “Old Daddy.” (A Night in a Workhouse, by an Amateur Casual [J. Græn-wood].)   1
   In the Fortunes of Nigel, by Sir W. Scott, Steenie, Duke of Buckingham, calls King James “My dear dad and gossip.” (Welsh, tad; Irish, daid, father; Sanskrit, tada; Hindu, dada.)   2

 Dactyls (The).Daddy Long-legs. 


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