dun's “the mouse, the constable's own word,” ROMEO AND JULIET, i. 4. 40. Of this proverbial saying, which is far from uncommon in our early writers, no satisfactory explanation has yet been given: it would seem, as Nares observes, to have been “frequently employed with no other intent than that of quibbling on the word done.” Gloss. Ray, among his “Proverbial Similies,” has “As dun as a mouse.” Proverbs, p. 221, ed. 1768.
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