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  • I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word; for thou art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier swallowed than a flap-dragon.

    Love's Labour's Lost


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  • (noun) - A small combustible body, set on fire, and put afloat in a glass of liquor. The courage of the toper was tried in the attempt to swallow it flaming; and his dexterity was proved by being able to do it unhurt. Raisins in hot brandy were the commonest flap-dragons.

    --Robert Nares' Glossary of the Works of English Authors, 1859

    January 16, 2018

  • See also snapdragon, flapdragon.

    February 8, 2009