A short, stout arrow used in the crossbow. (A corruption of carrial; Welsh, chwarel; French, carreau. So called because the head was originally carré or four-sided. Hence also a quarrel or quarry of glass, meaning a square or diamond-shaped pane; quarier, a square wax-candle, etc.)
Quarelles qwayntly swappez thorowe knyghtez With iryne so wekyrly, that wynche they never.
To quarrel over the bishop's cope- over something which cannot possibly do you any good; over goat's wool. This is a French expression. The newly-appointed Bishop of Bruges entered the town in his cope, which he gave to the people; and the people, to part it among themselves, tore it to shreds, each taking a piece.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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