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 Fabian Soldiers.Fabianism. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Fa’bian Tactics or Policyi.e. delay.
“Win like Fabius, by delay.” The Roman general Fabius wearied out Hannibal by marches, counter-marches, ambuscades, and skirmishes, without ever coming to an open engagement. Fabius died B.C. 203.   1
        “Met by the Fabian tactics, which proved fatal to its predecessor.”—The Times.

 Fabian Soldiers.Fabianism. 

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