or Fauxhall (2 syl.). Called after Jane Vaux, who held
the copyhold tenement in 1615, and was the widow of John Vaux, the
vintner. Chambers says it was the manor of Fulke de Breauté, the
mercenary follower of King John, and that the word should be Fulke's
Hall. Pepys calls it Fox Hall, and says the entertainments there are “mighty divertising.” (Book of Days.)
Thackeray, in Vanity Fair (chap. vi.), sketches the loose
character of these “divertising” amusements.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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