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 Rochester,Rock ahead (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A quack; so called from one Rock, who was the “Holloway” of Queen Anne’s reign.   1
“Oh, when his nerves had once received a shock,
Sir Isaac Newton might have gone to Rock.”
Crabbe: Borough.
   The Ladies’ Rock. A crag in Scotland under the castle rock of Stirling, where ladies used to witness tournaments.   2
        “In the castle hill is a hollow called The Valley about a square acre in extent, used for justings and tournaments. On the south side of the valley is a small rocky pyramidical mount, called The Ladies’ Hill or Rock, where the ladies sat to witness the spectacle.”—Nimme: History of Stirlingshire, p. 282.
   People of the Rock. The inhabitants of Hejaz or Arabia Petræa.   3
   Captain Rock. A fictitious name assumed by the leader of the Irish insurgents in 1822.   4

 Rochester,Rock ahead (A). 


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