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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MERRY-ANDREW

It was his custom when in banter to drop from English to his native brogue like a merry-andrew.

Herr Carovius was dancing like a Merry-Andrew around the door of his residence.

My very breath was arrested when I saw the merry-andrew you made of yourself.

"You are incorrigible, you merry-andrew" she said, brushing the curls from his forehead.

But this proves to be the note of Paillasse, a merry-andrew.

If I were to charge a battery, I'd only look like a merry-andrew after all; men will not respect what is only laughable.

Even the school-boys left the merry-andrew and came to gaze, with wide-open eyes, at this tall, strange-looking old man.

But his chief delight was in pursuing the profession of a juggler, mountebank, or merry-andrew, among the lowest rabble.

There was one called Merrylees, or more often Merry-Andrew, a great favourite with the students.

Why will your lordship trouble yourself with the squabbles of a merry-andrew and a quack doctor?

WORD ORIGIN

"a buffoon; a zany; a jack-pudding" [Johnson], originally "mountebank's assistant," 1670s, from merry + masc. proper name Andrew, but there is no certain identification with an individual.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR MERRY-ANDREW

buffoon

nounclownlike person
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