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 Fox-fireFox’s Sleep (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fox-tail.
 
I gave him a flap with a fox-tail. I cajoled him; made a fool of him. The fox-tail was one of the badges of the motley, and to flap with a fox-tail is to treat one like a fool.   1
 


 Fox-fireFox’s Sleep (A). 

 
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