(in Hudibras) is Colonel Hewson, so called
from Gayton's tract.
To walk. This is a remarkable word. It
comes from the Anglo-Saxon wealcan (to roll);
whence wealcere, a fuller of cloth. In
Percy's Reliques we read-
She cursed the weaver and the walker,
The cloth that they had wrought.
To walk, therefore, is to roll along, as the machine in felting
hats or fulling cloth.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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