Lord Burleigh

As significant as the shake of Lord Burleigh's heud. In The Critic, by Sheridan, is introduced a tragedy called the Spanish Armada. Lord Burleigh is supposed to be too full of State affairs to utter a word; he shakes his head, and Puff explains what the shake means.

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