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 Jack Pudding.Jack Sprat. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Jack Robinson.
Before you can say Jack Robinson. Immediately. Grose says that the saying had its birth from a very volatile gentleman of that name, who used to pay flying visits to his neighbours, and was no sooner announced than he was off again; but the following couplet does not confirm this derivation:—   1
“A warke it ys as easie to be done
As tys to saye Jacke! robys on.
An old Play, cited by Halliwell: Arch. Dict.

 Jack Pudding.Jack Sprat. 


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