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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Jack o’ the Bowl.
The most famous brownie or house-spirit of Switzerland; so called from the custom of placing for him every night on the roof of the cow-house a bowl of fresh sweet cream. The contents of this bowl are sure to disappear before morning.   1

 Jack of Newbury.Jack Out of Office. 


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