tapestry. So called from Arras, in Artois, famed for its
manufacture. When rooms were hung with tapestry it was a common thing
for persons to hide behind it, especially the arras curtain before the
door. Hubert concealed the two villains who were to put out Arthur's
eyes behind the arras. Polonius was slain by Hamlet while concealed
behind the arras. Falstaff proposed to hide behind the arras at
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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