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 Jack o’ the Clock.Jack of Newbury. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Jack of Dover.
A stockfish, “hake salted and dried.” The Latin for a hake is merlucius, and lucius is a jack or pike. Mer, of course, means the sea, and Dover, the chief Cinque Port, is used as a synonym. Also refuse wine collected into a bottle and sold for fresh wine. “To do-over again.” (See DOVER.)   1
“Many a Jack of Dover hastow sold
That hath been twyës hot and twyës cold.”
Chaucer: Canterbury Tales.

 Jack o’ the Clock.Jack of Newbury. 


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