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 Jarndyce v. Jarndyce.Jarvie (Baillie Nicol). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A hackney-coach driver. Said to be a contraction of Geoffrey; and the reason why this name was selected was because coachmen say to their horses gee-o, and Ge-o’ is a contraction of Geoffrey. Ballantine says, that one Jarvis, a noted hackney-coachman who was hanged, was the original Jarvey.   1
   A Jarvey’s benjamin. A coachman’s great-coat. (See BENJAMIN.)   2

 Jarndyce v. Jarndyce.Jarvie (Baillie Nicol). 


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