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 John.John-a-Droynes. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
John-a-Dreams.
 
A stupid, dreamy fellow, always in a brown study and half asleep.   1
       
“Yet I,
A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak,
Like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause,
And can say nothing.”
       
Shakespeare: Hamlet, ii. 2.
 


 John.John-a-Droynes. 

 
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