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 Fighting-cocks.Fighting Kings [Chen-kuo]. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Fighting Fifth (The).
The 5th Foot. This sobriquet was given to the regiment during the Peninsular War.   1
   The “Old and Bold Fifth,” the Duke of Wellington’s Body-guard, is now called the “Northumberland Fusiliers.” What a terrible vexation must the abolition of the time-honoured names of our old regiments have been to our army!   2

 Fighting-cocks.Fighting Kings [Chen-kuo]. 


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