Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Mutton-eating King (The).

 Mutton (French, mouton).Mutton-fist. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Mutton-eating King (The).
Charles II. of England. The witty Earl of Rochester wrote this mock epitaph on his patron:—   1
“Here lies our mutton-eating king,
Whose word no man relies on;
He never said a foolish thing,
And never did a wise one.”
   Come and eat your mutton with me. Come and dine with me.   2

 Mutton (French, mouton).Mutton-fist. 


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