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 Fou Drunk.Foul-weather Jack. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Foul Proof.
A proof is a rough impression of a manuscript set up in type, or of a drawing engraved, for the author’s correction. The proof with many faults is a foul proof, but the “pull,” after the errors are corrected, is termed a clean proof. These impressions are called proofs because they must be approved of by author and reader before they are finally printed.   1

 Fou Drunk.Foul-weather Jack. 


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