Baillif

(Herry) Mine host in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. When the poet began the second “Fit” of the Rime of Sir Thopas, Herry Baillif interrupts him with unmitigated contempt:

No mor of this, for Goddes dignitie!
Quod our host, for thou makest me
So wery ... that
Mine eerës asken for thy nasty speeche.

Verse 15327.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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