from hapertas, a cloth the width of which was settled by
Magna Charta. A “hapertas-er” is the seller of hapertas-erie.
To match this saint there was another,
As busy and perverse a brother,
An haberdasher of small wares
In politics and state affairs.
Butler: Hudibras, iii. 2.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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