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 Væ Victis!Vails. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Vail (To).
To lower; to cast down. Brutus complained that he had not lately seen in Cassius that courtesy and show of love which he used to notice; to which Cassius replies, “If I have vailed [lowered] my looks, I turn the trouble of my countenance merely on myself. Vexed I am of late … [and this may] give some soil to my behaviour.”   1
“His hat, which never vailed to human pride,
Walker with reverence took and laid aside.”
Dunciad, iv.

 Væ Victis!Vails. 


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