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Hiccius Doccius

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Hiccius Doccius. n.s. [corrupted, I fancy, from hic est doctus, this or here is the learned man. Used by jugglers of themselves.] A cant word for a juggler; one that plays fast and loose.

An old dull sot, who told the clock
For many years at Bridewell dock,
At Westminster and Hicks's hall,
And hiccius doccius play'd in all;
Where, in all governments and times,
H' had been both friend and foe to crimes.
Hudibras, p. iii.

Sources: Butler, Samuel (98)

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