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 Fa’gin.Fagot Votes. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A badge worn in mediæval times by those who had recanted their “heretical” opinions. It was designed to show what they merited, but had narrowly escaped. (See FAGOTS.)   1
   Il y a fagots et fagots. There are divers sorts of fagots; every alike is not the same. The expression is in Molière’s Le Médecin malgré lui, where Sganarelle wants to show that his fagots are better than those of other persons; “Ay, but those fagots are not so good as my fagots.” (Welsh, ffag, that which unites; Anglo-Saxon, fœgan, to unite.)   2
   Sentire les fagots. To be heretical; to smack of the fagots. In allusion to the custom of burning heretics by surrounding them with blazing fagots.   3

 Fa’gin.Fagot Votes. 


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