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 Jack o’ both Sides.Jack of Dover. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Jack o’ the Clock.
The figure which comes out to strike the hours on the bell of a clock. A contraction of Jaquemart (q.v.).   1
King Richard. Well, but what’s o’clock?
Buckingham. Upon the stroke of ten.
K. R. Well, let it strike.
B. Why let it strike?
K. R. Because that, like a jack, thou keep’st the stroke
Betwixt thy begging and my meditation.”
Shakespeare: Richard III., iv. 2.

 Jack o’ both Sides.Jack of Dover. 


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