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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Predestined to early death. When a person suddenly changes his wonted manner of life, as when a miser becomes liberal, or a churl good-humoured, he is said in Scotch to be fey, and near the point of death.   1
        “She must be fey (said Triptolemus), and in that case has not long to live.”—Sir W. Scott: The Pirate, chap. v.



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