A knowing blade, a sharp fellow; a regular blade, a buck
or fop. (Anglo-Saxon, blad or blæd, a branch or sprig.)
= “branch,” whence “fruit, prosperity, glory,” etc. The compound,
=a prosperous day; blæd-gifa,
a king, a “regular blade.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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