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calf's-skin “on those recreant limbs—And hang a,” KING JOHN, iii. 1. 129, 131, 133 ; “And hang a calf's-skin on his recreant limbs,” KING JOHN, iii. 1. 199. Nares, following a note of Sir John Hawkins, says: “Fools kept for diversion in great families were often distinguished by coats of calfskin, with buttons down the back. Therefore Constance and Falconbridge mean to call Austria a fool, in that sarcastic line so often repeated.” Gloss. in“Calf's-skin.” But, as Ritson remarks,“it does not appear that Constance means to call Austria a fool, as Sir John Hawkins would have it; but she certainly means to call him coward, and to tell him that a calf's-skin would suit his recreant limbs better than a lion's.”

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