Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Crambe bis Cocta [“cabbage boiled twice”].

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Crambe bis Cocta [“cabbage boiled twice”].
A subject hacked out. Juvenal says, “Occidit miseros crambe repetita magistros” (vii. 155), alluding to the Greek proverb “Dis kramb thanatos.   1
        “There was a disadvantage in treading this Border district, for it had been already ransacked by the author himself, as well as by others; and, unless presented under a new light, was likely to afford ground to the objection of Crambe bis cocta.”—Sir W. Scott: The Monastery (Introduction).



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