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 Johnny Crapaud.Johnson (Dr. Samuel) 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Johnny Raw.
A Verdant Green; a newly-enlisted soldier; an adult apprentice in the ship-trade.   1
        “The impulse given to ship-building by the continental war, induced employers to take persons as apprentices who had already passed their majority. This class of men-apprentices, generally from remote towns, were called ‘Johnny Raws’ by the fraternity.”—C. Thomson: Autobiography, p. 73.

 Johnny Crapaud.Johnson (Dr. Samuel) 


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