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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Gay (g hard).
 
Gay as the king’s candle. A French phrase, alluding to an ancient custom observed on the 6th of January, called the “Eve or Vigil of the Kings,” when a candle of divers colours was burnt. The expression is used to denote a woman who is more showily dressed than is consistent with good taste.   1
 


 Gawrey (g hard).Gay Deceiver (A). 

 
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