(2 syl.), in Dryden's satire of Absalom and Achitophel, is Hyde, Earl of Rochester. Hushai was David's friend, who counteracted the counsels of Achitophel, and caused the plot of Absalom to miscarry; so Rochester defeated the schemes of Shaftesbury, and brought to nought the rebellion of the Duke of Monmouth.
N.B. This was not John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, the wit.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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