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 Abram-colour.Abrax’as Stones. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
or Abraham Cove. A Tom o’ Bedlam; a naked vagabond; a begging impostor.   1
   The Abraham Ward, in Bedlam, had for its inmates begging lunatics, who used to array themselves “with party-coloured ribbons, tape in their hats, a fox-tail hanging down, a long stick with streamers,” and beg alms; but “for all their seeming madness, they had wit enough to steal as they went along.”—Canting Academy.   2
   See King Lear, ii. 3.   3
   In Beaumont and Fletcher we have several synonyms:—   4
“And these, what name or title e’er they bear,
Jackman or Pat’rico, Cranke or Clapper-dudgeon,
Fraier or Abram-man, I speak to all.”
Beggar’s Bush, ii. 1.

 Abram-colour.Abrax’as Stones. 


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