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 Jack Pudding.Jack Sprat. 
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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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