(John). A gorgeous footman, conspicuous for his plush
To take plush.
To take a subordinate place in the ministry, where one can only act
as a government flunkey.
“Lord Rosebery perhaps remembers that, years ago, a young politician
who had just finished his education, was warned by an old and
affectionate teacher `not to take plush ... The reply was, `I have been
offered plush tied with red tape, and have refused it.” —Nineteenth
Century, Jan., 1892, p. 137.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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