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 Faërie Queene.Fag-end (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
One who does, and perseveres in doing. In public schools, it means a little boy who waits upon a bigger one. Probably a contracted form of factor, factotum; Latin, fac-re, to do.   1
   Fag. Servant of Captain Absolute, who apes his master in all things. (Sheridan: The Rivals.)   2
        “Even the mendacious Mr. Fag assures us, though he never scruples to tell a lie at his master’s command, yet it hurts his conscience to be found out.”—Sir Walter Scott.

 Faërie Queene.Fag-end (A). 


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