Plain Dealer

(The). Wycherly was so called, from his celebrated comedy of the same title. (1640-1715.)

“The Countess of Drogheda inquired for the Plain Dealer. `Madame,' says Mr. Fairbeard, `since you are for the ‘Plain Dealer,’ there he is for you,' pushing Mr. Wycherly towards her.” —Cibber: Lives of the Poets, iii. p. 252.

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