Brat

A child; so called from the Welsh, brat, a child's pinafore; and brat is a contraction of brattach, a cloth, also a standard.

“Every man must repair to the brattach of his tribe.” —Scott.

O Israel! O household of the Lord!
O Abraham's brats! O brood of blessed seed!

Gascoigne: De Profundis.

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