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 Horse Marines (The).Horse-mint. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Properly, one who makes up and supplies decorations for horses.   1
   A horse-soldier more fit for the toilet than the battle-field. The expression was first used by Rowley in his Ballads of Charitie, but Sir Walter Scott revived it.   2
“One comes in foreign trashery
Of tinkling chain and spur,
A walking haberdashery
Of feathers, lace, and fur;
In Rowley’s antiquated phrase,
Horse milliner of modern days.”
Bridal of Triermain, ii. 3.

 Horse Marines (The).Horse-mint. 


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